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2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Finalists

In late 2021, we sent out a call for entries to our first ever Backyard and City Birds Contest, here on our website. Bird photographers entered more than 600 images taken in yards, parks, and other urban and suburban spots. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Entries included images of owls, hummingbirds, cardinals, jays, finches, and more — from hundreds of photographers. The selection of images was outstanding, and our judges had a challenging task! Today we are proud to present the finalist photos, featured in the following slideshow. Each caption tells the story behind the photo, from the photographers themselves. Enjoy!

We’ll announce the winners on Friday, April 29, and will feature them in our July/August issue.

Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia
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Photo by Brent Barnes

I took this photo on a warm day in May just outside of Harlingen, Texas. I was photographing birds near a very small pond and this Pyrrhuloxia came in for a quick bath. As it dunked again into the water and sat up and shook water from its feathers causing drops to go flying all around it, I was able to get this photograph showing its bathing activity.

Edinburg, Texas, May 2021


Want to see more? Here are our 12 honorable mention photos.

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