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Gorgeous Birds: Audubon Winners

Laurie says:

Beautiful birds from the Audubon winners this year. I thought it was time for something beautiful. The photographers conversation about their photos is illuminating .

Black-browed Albatross. Photo: Ly Dang/Audubon

On a steep, windy slope of Saunders Island, several breeding colonies of Black-browed Albatrosses were tending their chicks and squawking at the neighbors to urge them to respect the territories. As I sat watching the birds conducting their daily activities, I started to notice the simple, elegant beauty of the adults’ eyes. After several positions looking for a clear view and a good light angle, I took this shot.

Horned Puffin. Photo: Sebastian Velasquez

 Traveling through Alaska I saw Horned and Tufted Puffins from afar, always hoping to get closer. I got my chance at the SeaLife Center. Amid the chaos of native birds swimming, fishing, and zipping past me, I waited for hours for the perfect shot. At last I spotted this secluded puffin in a moment of stillness, preening its feathers, providing a glimpse into a seemingly private moment.

Red-winged Blackbird. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda

I visit this park near my home to photograph blackbirds on cold mornings, often aiming to capture the “smoke rings” that form from their breath as they sing out. On this occasion, I arrived early on a frigid day and heard the cry of the blackbirds all around the boardwalk. This particular bird was very vociferous, singing long and hard. I looked to set it against the dark background of the forest, shooting to the east as the sun rose over the trees, backlighting the vapor.

White-necked Jacobin. Photo: Mariam Kamal

On my fifth trip to Costa Rica, my favorite birding spots produced a few measly sightings. So I drove six hours to a reforestation site, which turned out to be well worth the trip. For an hour I photographed a valiant troop of White-necked Jacobins consuming nectar from heliconias that swayed and bobbed in a forceful wind. I could barely breathe as I snapped—I felt that I, too, was fighting to hang on!


Gorgeous Birds


Laurie says:

I saw these photos first in the Guardian. This seems to be a time when I’m finding stunning photos of creatures. Not sure why, but it’s having a modest effect on how I see.

These images are from the Bird Photographer of the Year competition. It celebrates the stunning artistry of these photographers. The contest promotes conservation by contributing directly to the British Trust for Ornithology to support their conservation research.

Aside from their beauty, when I look at them I am reminded of the fact that birds are dinosaurs. And some of the photos evoke that alien quality.

These are some of the winners that struck me.

Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus roseus, by Fahad Alenezi, Kuwait
Photograph: Fahad Alenezi/2018

Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, by Alan Price, UK
Photograph: Alan Price/2018


Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, by Sienna Anderson, UK
Photograph: Sienna Anderson/2018

Western crowned-pigeon, Goura cristata, by David Easton, Singapore
Photograph: David Easton/2018

Common Ostrich, Struthio camelus, by Salvador Colvée, Spain
Photograph: Salvador Colvée/2018