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2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Last fall, we sent out a call for entries to our first ever Backyard and City Birds Photo 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!

Below is a slideshow of our 12 honorable mention images. The images include shots of courting cardinals, hummingbirds, wrens, a nest-building gnatcatcher, and more. Each caption tells the story behind the photo, from the photographers themselves. Enjoy!  

We’ll announce the winners on Friday, April 29.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Photo by Jay Huron

Great Blue Herons seem to frequent the weir dam below the covered bridge in Elizabethton. I happened upon this one fishing one day. They hold so still you can take a nice long exposure and they don't move at all! Thankfully, there were also some yellow flowers along the bank that really set off the scene as well.

Elizabethton, Tennessee, April 2018

Want to see more? Here are our 12 finalists.

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