First place in our 2022 Birds in Flight Contest goes to Steve Large of Nanaimo, British Columbia, for this tack-sharp image of a Yellow-rumped Warbler, wings spread and tail flared. Steve took the photo in May 2022 at Oliver Woods Marsh in Nanaimo. The bird had just caught a bug, and Steve took the image as the bird banked before landing close to him in a tree.
“This image was one of a sequence of several shots taken at 30 frames per second,” he says. “No matter what the body position of the bird, it will always try to keep its head level and focused on where it wants to land.”
He used a Sony a1 with a 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 lens. Exposure data: 1/4000 @ f/6.3, ISO 2000.
Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: Contributing Editors Laura Erickson, Pete Dunne, and Brian E. Small; professional photographer Marie Read; Outdoor Photographer editors Dan Havlik and Kristan Ashworth; and Imaging Resource Managing Editor William Brawley.
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