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.
In early spring, White-tailed Ptarmigan begin to turn to their summer plumage, creating a striking contrast to the still winter-like conditions above tree line in the Colorado Rockies. Peter Ismert took the photo in late May 2021 in the Vasquez Peak Wilderness, Arapaho National Forest.