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2021 Bird Portrait Contest honorable mentions

Last fall, we sent out a call for entries to our 2021 Bird Portrait Contest, here on our website. And, wow, did bird photographers deliver! We received the most entries ever — 979 — since we started hosting contests a few years ago! Thanks to the hundreds of photographers who entered the contest! 

You can view a slideshow of our 12 finalists here. To see even more great bird photos from the contest, enjoy the slideshow below of our 10 honorable mention images. We’ll announce the winners on Friday, February 25. 

Great Egret by Arlene Bonnett

Great Egret by Arlene Bonnett

Egret sightings are relatively rare in the Jamestown, New York, area, Arlene says. “However, this egret fed and lived on the Chadakoin River for most of our summer in 2021,” she explains. “Oddly enough, he seemed to have a Great Blue Heron friend who was never far away from the egret. During September, each time I kayaked by him, I said, ‘It's time to fly south, my friend.’ On this day’s kayak trek, he was still here in our river. While I watched a Green Heron and waited to photograph him catching a fish, my white feathered friend came and sat about 15 feet from me. He grabbed this autumn leaf as if to say, ‘I'm still enjoying myself here during this lovely fall!’”

Enter our current contest, the 2022 BirdWatching Photography Awards

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