Danish photographer Søren Solkær has been capturing starling murmurations since 2017. This stunning phenomenon occurs when flocks of hundreds, even thousands of starlings fly creating patterns across the sky. Søren has captured their formations in a series of stunning images, and he kindly shared some of them with us.
Bird Photographer of the Year is one of those contests that give us an insight into the fascinating and versatile world of animals. In this contest’s case, it’s obviously the birds. I personally love all feathery creatures, so I’m happy to share with you today the finalists of the 2021 WPOTY contest.
I don’t know about you, but when I see a birdie, I really wish I could get a closer look at it and have it land on my finger. Of course, wild birds aren’t really into that and they only let us admire them from afar. But Lisa aka Ostdrossel has found a way to approach birds, even take their photos, without startling them. She has built a feeder-mounted camera that automatically takes stunning photos of our feathery friends.
We’ve seen some incredible examples of bird photography, video, and even weirdly beautiful audio. But photographer Jocelyn Anderson takes filming birds on a more personal level. Her little models eat out of her hand, and I mean it quite literally. As she feeds them, she films them in a series of incredibly soothing and heartwarming slow-motion videos.
When photographing wild animals, we can capture lots of incredible moments in nature. But photographers Scott Joshua Dere and Beaumon Day witnessed quite an epic one! Thankfully, they also manage to capture it. A large owl landed on Scott’s lens and struck a pose, and Beaumon took a photo of the scene that you don’t see every day. We chatted with Scott about it, and he told us a bit more about how everything happened.
For those of us who shoot video, we know what an important element audio is to the overall production. Often we’ll set up elaborate recording setups with shotgun mics all pointed at our subject or we’ll record sounds to add later in post to really sell an effect.
But what musician Graeme Leak has done goes far beyond that. He’s attached a couple of contact microphones to either end of a 50-metre long high-tensile fence wire to record the noise of birds landing on and shuffling around the wire on the way to the bird table. And it sounds absolutely incredible. Along with filmmaker Hazel Palmer we get to see and hear that surreal beauty.
Filming underwater can reveal so much about the world hidden there. What’s more, it can even show us more about animals that don’t live under the water surface. The San Diego Zoo decided to share what it looks like when flamingos eat. They simply placed an underwater camera into their pond and revealed what it looks like when these wonderful birds are dining.
I’ve always loved birds and appreciated their company while chilling in the backyard of my family home. The 2020 winners of Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) bring the fascinating world of birds even closer to us. In this article, we bring you the overall winner as well as category winners. The selection of marvelous photos shows the birds’ behavior, their wonderful and quirky features, and their interaction with the environment.
The National Audubon Society has recently announced the winning photos of the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards. The contest is in its eleventh year, and just like before, the jury has chosen six category winners along with four honorable mentions. All ten photos capture amazing moments in bird lives, so make sure to take a look, decompress, and relax with these gorgeous images.
Have you ever seen starlings’ murmuration? I still remember my reaction when I saw it for the first time. Even though it was on TV, it had me drop everything and just watch in awe. Photographer Xavi Bou captures this amazing phenomenon in his ongoing project Ornitographies. And in his latest video, he has made starlings’ murmuration even more hypnotizing than it usually is.