The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Via:  bob-nelson  •  one month 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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originalGrand Prize Winner: Kathrin Swoboda
Red-winged Blackbird by Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards

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


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Bob Nelson
1  seeder  Bob Nelson    one month ago

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

Trout Giggles
2  Trout Giggles    one month 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    one month 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    one month 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    one month 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.


3.1  luther28  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    one month ago

Very cool :)

4  Kathleen    one month 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    one month 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...

4.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Bob Nelson @4.1    one month 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.

5  Kavika     one month 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.


Trout Giggles
5.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    one month ago

I believe it!

6  Kavika     one month ago


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

7  luther28    one month ago

Very nice Bob, thank you.


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