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!

Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo
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Paul Hennessy took this photo of a Sandhill Crane chick in Orlando, Florida.

"I was invited to take some photographs at a Sandhill Crane nest in a marshy area of a lake in Moss Park, Orlando," he says. "The nest contained several eggs that were about to hatch. I waded out into the marshy area and, after hours of waiting, photographed one of the chicks as it emerged from the egg. I was also able to obtain colorful images of a chick that had hatched earlier, photographing it swimming near the nest. Eventually, it returned to the safety of the nest and buried itself under the feathers of the adult, making sure to leave an eye uncovered so it could see its surroundings. I titled the photograph 'Peek-a-boo' because the bird’s behavior reminded me of the child’s gameof the same name."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D300S with 400mm lens. Focal length 400mm; 1/250 second; f/9;ISO 400.


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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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