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North American birds featured in international photo competition

Bird Photographer of the Year, an annual international photo competition based in the U.K., is accepting entries for its 2020 competition through November 30. BirdWatching contributor Brian Small and I are two of the judges, and while we wait for the judging process to begin in December, I thought it would be fun to share photos of North American birds that have been honored in past years of the contest. The images in the following slideshow have been submitted over the last four years of the contest. Enjoy!

Hunters in White

Hunters in White

Steven Blandin took this photo of Snowy Egrets at Fort Desoto Park in St Petersburg, Florida. The photo was Commended in the Bird Behavior category.

"It was early in the morning at Fort Desoto Park, my favorite coastal beach location," he says. "After a ‘red tide’ event, there was a lot of bird activity with individuals actively fishing on debilitated fish. I spotted those two Snowy Egrets fishing in the shade. I jumped at the opportunity to create photographs of fishing action with a white subject set against a white background."

Equipment and settings: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens. Focal length 600mm; 1/1,600 second; f/4;ISO 4,000. Tripod with gimbal head.

View the 2019 winners of the Bird Photographer of the Year contest

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and You can reach him at [email protected].

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