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!
Alan Murphy photographed this Greater Roadrunner in Green Valley, Arizona.
"I watched and followed this roadrunner as it stalked a lizard, which eventually sought refuge on a prickly pear cactus," Murphy says. "Roadrunners will not perch on these cacti, so to my great surprise it jumped up and grabbed the lizard on the fly. The action lasted a fraction of a second, but I was lucky to capture this frame, considering I was photographing using a camera capable of only 4 frames per second."
Equipment and settings: Nikon D810 with Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens. Handheld. Focal length 300mm; 1/5,000 second; f/5.6; ISO 800.