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 took this portrait of a Bald Eagle in Alaska.
"On one of my annual Bald Eagle workshops at Kachemak Bay in Alaska we had a lot of snow, which provided many great photo opportunities," Murphy says. "I noticed this clean adult Bald Eagle sitting on an old weathered stump, and I settled down in the snow to take a few images. As luck would have it another eagle flew over and started to call, providing me with the opportunity to take this dramatic image."
Equipment and settings: Nikon D4 with Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens. Focal length 300mm; 1/5,000 second; f/4; ISO 800.