Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On

Birds need to eat a lot to survive—a lot. All that flying around, foraging, and attracting a mate requires loads of energy, after all. For many birds, staying fueled up can mean eating anywhere from 5 percent to 35 percent of their body weight in food on a daily basis. Hummingbirds can eat a staggering 100 percent of their own bodyweight in nectar alone. …

Great Egret. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Greater Roadrunner. Photo: Barbara Baird/Audubon Photography Awards
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Hooded Merganser. Photo: Dorian Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards
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Least Bittern. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Reddish Egret. Photo: Tim Timmis/Audubon Photography Awards
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Birding

Each spring, millions of birds from around the globe flock to Alaska’s wild lands and waters to raise their young.
Alaska’s wide range of habitats, from temperate coastal rainforest to Arctic tundra, host more globally significant Important Bird Areas than any other state in the U.S. There are also many species, such as Emperor Goose, Whiskered Auklet, and Red-faced Cormorant you won’t see anywhere else in the country.

Snowy Owl. Photo: Marlin Greene, Audubon Photography Awards
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Stilt Sandpiper Photo: Dave Shaw
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Tufted Puffin. Photo: Gerald Sanger, Audubon Photography Awards
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American Golden-Plover Photo: David Shaw
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Birding in Alaska
From the icy, bountiful waters of the Arctic Ocean to the misty, salmon-rich rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, Audubon Alaska works to conserve Alaska’s spectacular birds and wildlife—and their habitats— to ensure their place for future generations. We employ science and state-of-the-art mapping technology to drive our conservation priorities, with an emphasis on public lands and waters. Millions of birds flock to Alaska each spring from around the globe, making this a crucial place for birds worldwide.
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Celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Striking Bird Photography

Unveiling the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Winners
The winning photographers and their stunning photographs were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces.

Grand Prize Winner Steve Mattheis
Great Gray Owl
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Professional Winner Gary R. Zahm
Black-necked Stilts
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Amateur Winner Diana Rebman
Long-tailed Tit
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Youth Winner Liron Gertsman
Cobalt-winged Parakeets
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Professional Honorable Mention Donald Quintana
Red-winged Blackbird
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Amateur Honorable Mention Scott Suriano
Wood Duck
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Celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Striking Bird Photography
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2015 Audubon Photography Awards

Announcing the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards
In association with Nature’s Best Photography.

AudubonMelissaGroo1Grand Prize Winner, by Melissa Groo
Species: Great Egret
Where: Port Richey, FL
Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV with a Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS USM lens and a Skimmer ground pod; 1/800 second at f/4.5; ISO 1600
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AudubonChrisGug2Professional Winner, by Chris Gug
Species: Double-crested Cormorant
Where: Near La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Camera: Nikon D800e with a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens and an Aquatica underwater housing; 1/200 second at f/9; ISO 400
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AudubonJasonSavage3Professional Honorable Mention, by Jason Savage
Species: Sandhill Cranes
Where: Lake Helena Wildlife
Management Area, Helena, MT
Camera: Canon 7D with a Canon 500mm f4L IS lens and a 1.4X II teleconverter; 1/1,500 second at f/8; ISO 800
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AudubonConstanceMier4Fine Art Winner, by Constance Mier
Species: Laughing Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Royal Tern
Where: Biscayne Bay Aquatic
Preserve, near Miami, FL
Camera: Sony a700 with a Sony F4-5.6/70-400 G SSM lens; 1/2500 second at f/5.6; ISO 320
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AudubonDonaldWuori5Amateur Winner, by Donald Wuori
Species: Prothonotary Warbler
Where: Audubon Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, Harleyville, SC
Camera: Nikon D2x with a Nikon 200-400 f4 lens; 1/60 second at f4; ISO 400
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AudubonSteveRussell6Amateur Honorable Mention, by Steve Russell
Species: American Flamingo
Where: San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
Camera: Canon 7D with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens and a Canon Extender EF 2x III; 1/400 second at f/11, shot at 330mm; ISO 400
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AudubonTimTimmis7Amateur Honorable Mention, by Tim Timmis
Species: Black Skimmer
Where: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, near Port Bolivar, TX
Camera: Canon 1DX with a Canon 500mm f4 IS II lens and a Canon 1.4X III teleconverter; 1/500 second at f/8; ISO 1600
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AudubonZacharyWebster8Youth Winner, by Zachary Webster
Species: Painted Bunting
Where: Laguna Seca Ranch, near Edinburg, TX
Camera: Nikon D4S with a Nikon 600mm lens; 1/4000 second at f/8; ISO 1000
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AudubonMaryAngelaLuzader9Fine Art Honorable Mention, by Mary Angela Luzader
Photographer: Mary Angela Luzader
Where:  Venetian Gardens, Leesburg, FL
Camera: Canon EOS 50D with a Canon 100-400mm IS lens; 1/400 second at f/9; ISO 200
“Venetian Gardens is a wonderful place to photograph Purple Gallinules in a natural, parklike habitat. Someone called my attention to this pair chasing and fighting each other. I have never witnessed this behavior, and I was so excited I almost forgot to snap a few shots! When the fight was over, the victor got the girl, and the loser was chased away, with a few less feathers . . . and perhaps a headache!”
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