Award Winning Bird Photographs of the Year 2019

Everyone loves photography, but to get that perfect shot isn’t an easy task. It requires technical skill, creativity, hardware and  hours of patience waiting for that single opportune moment. That being said Photographer Thomas Vijayan has gone on to won the prestigious title of Bird Photographer of The Year 2019 in one of the largest photography contests organized yearly by the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers. In doing so he has even beaten thousands of entries from across the world.

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1The winning photograph submitted by Thomas Vijayan was a heart-warming shot of a family of Emperor Penguins

huddled together in Antarctica.

Thomas 50 is an architect from Ontario Canada who said ‘A female emperor penguin lays one single egg then leaves. Each penguin egg’s father balances it on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, a very warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg cosy. ‘There the males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding storms. ‘Finally, after about two months, the females return from the sea, bringing food they regurgitate, or bring up, to feed the now hatched chicks. ‘The males then eagerly leave for their own fishing session at sea and the mothers take over care of the chicks for a while. ‘

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winning photograph submitted by Thomas Vijayan

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2The runner up

There have been other stunning images as well which include bald eagles fighting and moorhens squabbling, a colourful kingfisher trying to gobble fish underwater and much more. The photographer who won the runner up second position was Michael Erwin 53 from Staffordshire who photo of a great crested grebe with two of its chicken on its back was spectacular

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Michael Erwin is a freight train driver in Stoke, Staffordshire. He stated ‘The image captured was taken in Staffordshire and shows a great crested grebe with its chicks on the back which both parents take in turn doing till they are old enough to be safe on their own.

The runner up

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3Third Place

In third place came Feargal Quinn, from County Meath in Ireland. His photo of a graceful heron looming out of its surroundings received a commendable certification. Hundreds of entrants submitted their works to the competition and many others also received a highly commended certification. , Canada,

Third Place

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4Special mention

One particular photograph that received commendable certification was the pair of bald eagles fighting over a dead chicken and taken in Nova Scotia. The photographer who took the amazing shot was Sandi Little 67 who commented about the photo saying ‘Two eagles saw a dead chicken carcass in an open field.’They each flew in to catch the carcass with their large talons.’My photo capture was a lucky one.It was worth standing for over three hours in minus 10 degrees to capture this shot of wildlife’s amazing beauty.

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5Special commendation

One more highly commendable photograph was of a shot of gannets feeding underwater in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. It was taken by amateur photographer Tracey Lund a 45 year old customer experience engineer for KCOM in Hull. She managed the shot by placing her camera in a waterproof bag and operated it with a pole. Tracey Said She said: ‘There were thousands of gannets circling the RIB where I was sat on the side as they started to dive into the sea.’It was an unbelievable spectacle just to witness let alone photograph.’

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