15 Pictures of Finalists of the 2021 Bird Photographer of The Year Awards

6Black and White Warbler- Raymond Hennessy

The breath of this black and white warbler in this picture was perfectly captured by photographer Raymond Hennessy as it sang in one of its usual spots in the forest. It showed the subtle colors of the rainbow as it drifted off in the cold morning air which was backlit by the light of dawn.

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7Long-tailed Tit- Irene Waring

The image shows the most unusual way in which a northern race long-tailed tit drinks water at Lake Kussharo. It drank water from melting icicles hanging from tree branches near the shore. As the sun melted the surface of the icicles the birds clung to the branches or even the icicle itself to get a drink. Others like this tit flew and hovered to drink.

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8Atlantic Puffin- Øyvind Pedersen

This shot was actually taken back in April of 2018 at the bird cliffs of Hornøya Island in Norway, but successfully made it to the finals of the 2021 Bird Photographer Of The Year Awards. It shows a brawl that broke out between two puffins which continued down the snowy slope right in front of Pedersen. This was all in good timing for him as his goal was to get some images of puffins fighting in the snow.

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9Black-Crowned Night-Heron- Daphne Wong

The billboard lights and street lamps brightly light up Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor as night falls. It was at this time that Daphne Wong managed to capture a picture of this black-crowned Night-heron that happened to be fishing perch on the harbor-front. Since the bird was used to the presence of humans it remained focused on the streetlight-lit water in search of its next meal.

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10Black-Tailed Godwits- Anupam Chakraborty

Anupam Chakraborty the photographer of this picture was fortunate to witness and capture a heated territorial battle between two black-tailed godwits. The birds fought fiercely in the beautiful manglajodi wetlands of India. Since the birds are seasonal migratory visitors, they weren’t fighting to protect breeding territories. They usually fight for predominance over feeding grounds.

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