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.
Photo by Judy Haran
In Cape Coral, Florida, Burrowing Owls are revered and protected. They nest in many public spots, including the areas around the sports fields and the public library. These two youngsters are showing affection and bonding behaviors.
Cape Coral, Florida, May 2021