The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

  
Via:  bob-nelson  •  5 months ago  •  13 comments

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Winners
Birds make fascinating subjects, as the winners and honorable mentions of this year’s contest, our 10th, make clear. They’re at once beautiful and resilient, complex and comical. It's no wonder why we love them so.

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original Grand Prize Winner: Kathrin Swoboda
Red-winged Blackbird by Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards

original Amateur Honorable Mention: Melissa Rowell
Great Blue Herons by Melissa Rowell/Audubon Photography Awards


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Bob Nelson
1  seeder  Bob Nelson    5 months ago

Lots more in the Original Article , of course...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2  Trout Giggles    5 months ago

I call blue herons "pterodactyls" because that's what they look like when flying over head. We have a lot of blue herons around here because we have so many ponds, lakes, and sloughs

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
2.1  seeder  Bob Nelson  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    5 months ago

They're amazing, aren't they?

I hope you go to the OA for the other photos, equally stunning...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1    5 months ago

I did. I posted my favorite below.

I love birds. Every morning a family of wrens greet me with their song and then send me to sleep at night.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    5 months ago

This is the best shot in my opinion

Species: Bald Eagle
Location: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, Washington
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS lens; 1/320 second at f/11; ISO 1600

Story Behind the Shot: I had spent the day photographing foxes and was panning with this kit running with its prey when an unmistakable cry made me look up. I just knew the eagle racing our way was after the fox’s rabbit. I expected to have only a split second to capture the theft in one explosive frame; instead the eagle snagged the fox and rabbit, carrying both 20 feet off the ground. After eight seconds it dropped the fox, seemingly unharmed, and flew away with its stolen dinner.

256

 
 
 
luther28
3.1  luther28  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    5 months ago

Very cool :)

 
 
 
Kathleen
4  Kathleen    5 months ago

I had to do a report in the 4th grade. We were studying birds and the Red-winged Blackbird was the one I picked. Living near the ocean and driving down the coast, I see many of them.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
4.1  seeder  Bob Nelson  replied to  Kathleen @4    5 months ago

When we're in Yuma, we golf almost every day, teeing off at sunrise. The number and variety of birds is amazing. A concert every morning...

 
 
 
Kathleen
4.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Bob Nelson @4.1    5 months ago

I really enjoy hearing the birds sing in the morning. I swear that one sounds like he or she is saying “ cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger”  I don’t know what kind of bird it is, but it’s funny.

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     5 months ago

Amazing photos...

The complex that I live in has a number of small lakes and ponds so the bird life is quite amazing. The Great Blue Heron being among them. 

Our mosquitos are quite interesting as well.

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Trout Giggles
5.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    5 months ago

I believe it!

 
 
 
Kavika
6  Kavika     5 months ago

512

Great Blue Heron and his buddy sharing a pond....

 
 
 
luther28
7  luther28    5 months ago

Very nice Bob, thank you.

 
 
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