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.
I was trying to get a photo of a Cliff Swallow outside of the Bear River Refuge visitor’s center, but they were too fast, or I was too slow. Finally, one paused briefly just outside its nest and looked straight at me. Photographed at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah.