The National Audubon Society has announced the winning photos and videos of its 2021 Audubon Photography Awards. The entrants from all across the USA and Canada submitted their photos, and for the first time, the best bird videos were awarded as well. The grand prize went to Carolina Fraser and her photo of a sunbathed, dusty roadrunner. But there are plenty more amazing photos in this year’s selection, so let’s check them out.
Reckless drone flying in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve ended up with a catastrophe. A crash of two drones terrified elegant terns who were nesting nearby. As a consequence, they fled in terror leaving over 1,500 eggs behind.
If you use Zeiss lenses, love birds, or both, here’s something you’ll find really interesting. Zeiss lens families all have names like Milvus, Batis, Touit, and so on. And have you ever wondered how they’re named? Well, Zeiss’s five lens families carry the same names as families of birds.
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.