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!
Jose Garcia photographed this Great White Heron, the southern Florida form of Great Blue Heron.
"I took this image of a Great White Heron fighting a green snake in the Florida Everglades," he says. "The fight lasted for nearly 20 minutes with the heron eventually losing out and having to release its prey."
Equipment and settings: Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF300mm f/4L IS USM lens. 300mm focal length; 1/3,200 second; f/5.6; ISO 500.