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.
This past spring/summer I was fortunate enough to find a breeding pair of Prothonotary Warblers along the Wisconsin River. After visiting them a couple of times, I happened to come across one of the adult warblers delivering food to their nest. The male and female would alternate back-and-forth delivering insects to the babies in their nest constantly. It was really amazing to see! Photo taken from a safe and respectful distance from the nest at Pine Island State Wildlife Area near Portage, Wisconsin. Photo taken with a 600mm zoom lens, cropped, and photographed in “silent mode.”