Award Winning Bird Photographs of the Year 2019
6Special Commendation, Iain McFadyen,
The amazing competition has gone on to show that not always do photographs of big and imposing bird win a competition. This was further proved by an incredible shot of a robin tussling with a cuckoo Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. The shot taken by Photographer Iain McFadyen, 60, a company director in a manufacturing business from Paisley, said: ‘The robin had a nest nearby and was not amused when the cuckoo came close by.’After a few minutes the robin’s aggression certainly worked as the cuckoo flew off.’
7Judge’s choice award
The judge’s choice award was won by photographer David Godfrey whose fantastic picture of two moorhens mid-way through a fight was stunning. Godfrey is a 62 year old retiree from Kent and managed the shot while he was on a visit to the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire.He said: ‘The two male moorhens were battling to impress a female which was watching nearby.’
8Special commendation Ajit Huigol, India
As the theme of birds swiping up food dominated the competition, another commendable photograph was that of Kidney transplant surgeon Ajit Huigol, from Bangalore, who caught an oriental dwarf kingfisher on camera as it grappled with a small lizard. Huigol said ‘The species is one of the smallest kingfishers in the world. Even though it is endemic to most of India, it is very difficult to even sight one, let alone photograph one.’I decided to go to a small village called Chiplun in the Indian state of Maharashtra, a tiny hamlet situated in the middle of a thick forest.
9Special commendation Gary Spicer, England
In a similar manner Gary Spicer from Shaftesbury Dorset also won a commendation with his photograph of a Hoopoe with grub in its beak while he was on a visit to Hungary. He said: ‘The bird was busy bringing food back for its young and for whatever reason on this occasion he stopped on his perch and looked down at the ground.’I guess he must have seen another potential food source but with his bill already full gave it a miss.
10Special commendation Csaba Tokolyi
Csaba Tokolyi was another superb example of the theme with his brilliant shot of a black Stork holding a fish in its beak and taken in Hungary. He remarked about the photo saying He said: ‘The bird just caught a small catfish and in the next moment it lifts it out of the water and consumes it in a single gulp.’Sometimes it takes some juggling to position the prey in the right position to fit the beak and throat of the bird.