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2016, Birds

1st Place Birds: Stuart Hahn – The Bateleur Eagle is one of the more colorful of the African eagles. We were fortunate to have found this co operative example in good light.2nd place Birds: Eric Gurwin - The highlight at DumaTau was a Verreaux's Eagle Owl during the day perched on a branch and then flew directly towards us. As a rule, owls never fly towards you unless they are being baited so this was incredible!3rd Place Birds: Fred Stults – We spent two mornings in a photographic hide at a watering hole on the Mashatu Game Reserve. These two Green South African Pigeons were the first visitors to arrive.
Jean-Marie Girardot – Lilac Breasted Roller, a most colorful bird. So much color and this one was looking straight at us in the Seronera region of the Serengeti. Taken with my Nikon D800, 200-400mm zoom lens.Jean-Marie Girardot – Early morning in the Serengeti on a game drive, this martial eagle was ruffling his feathers and then looked at us from high in the tree. Really a beautiful bird.Jean-Marie Girardot – This spotted eagle owl was standing on this rock and watching us during a game drive in the Seronera region of the Serengeti.
Fred Stults – A Golden Winged Sun-bird feasting on nectar in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.  We spent a very special day in the gardens which are some of the most beautiful we have visited around the world.Fred Stults – Two beautiful African Fish Eagles, fighting over territory on an island in the middle of the Chobe River, Botswana.Darlene Knott – Our guide, Joe, was returning us to Rattray's in MalaMala one evening when he stopped to watch the sun set on the water. This saddle-billed stork provided a perfect silhouette just as the sun 'set the water on fire'.
Stuart Hahn – Bee Eaters are one of my favorite birds to photograph. They are colorful but move fast making photography a challenge. Getting two or more in a good position is a bonus. MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa.Bill Schmidt – We added 30+ birds to our life list on our safari in East Africa. This Dark Chanting Goshawk scans the surrounding landscape in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Elissa Warantz – Swarms of carmine bee-eaters, nesting on the banks of the Zambezi River, Mana Pools NP, Zimbabwe, as seen from a canoe, thanks to my guide Nick Murray of Vundu Camp.
Mark Knott – The African Harrier Hawk (also known as Gymnogene) is an elegant bird of prey. I was fortunate to capture this one fully spread out landing on a termite mound in Hwange National Park.Mark Knott – Our guide, Ephata, was driving us along the shore of Lake Ndutu in Tanzania when we noticed this pair of flamingos doing their unique ‘feeding dance’.David Mounsey – Lilac Breasted Roller, at Governor's Il Moran Camp, Masai Mara, Oct, 2017
Chet Stein – Little Bee-eater at Chitabe Camp, Botswana. This is one of the two types of bee-eaters we viewed at this camp.Susan Sheridan – Walking back to our tent after dinner, I heard a chirp above and we saw this pearl-spotted owlet, whom we could barely see. The next morning he was still there waiting for me to take his picture.Jean-Marie Girardot – During our time in the Ruaha National Park with Hamza and Michael. The spectacle of these two grey crowned cranes courting was just incredible. Such beautiful birds.
Susan Sheridan – The secretary bird was more elegant every time we saw it. Sometimes alone but mostly in pairs. They always looked like they had an agenda – a meeting not to be late for or something…Mark Knott – White Fronted Bee Eaters are vividly colored birds. I was fortunate to catch this pair just as they were taking off from a branch overhanging a riverbank in Eastern Botswana.Chet Stein – I was able to capture this spectacular fish eagle in mid-flight during a water excursion from DumtaTau Camp in the Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.
Mark Knott – Although common in Southern Africa, the Lilac Breasted Roller has to be one of the most strikingly beautiful birds in Africa (or anywhere!) Seven different vivid colors.Steve Jackson – Greater Flamingos appear to walk on water, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.Bill Schmidt – We stopped for breakfast overlooking the Tarangire River, Tanzania. This Tawny Eagle circled above for some time before it abruptly dove and caught a small bird with feathers flying.
Helen Reinhardt – Some times when looking for the ‘big things’ we saw the most incredible smaller things.  This lone Kori bustard chick was so cute as he toddled along as close to Mom’s feet as he could be.Chet Stein – This tawny eagle was perfectly poised on a branch, searching for food. DumtaTau Camp in the Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.Steve Jackson – Little Bee Eaters, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
Janis Webb – Pygmy Malachite Kingfisher. A cheetah had just killed a young wildebeest near a water hole, and as we were watching her two youngsters practice their stalking skills on it, this beautiful tiny bird flew into view. Maasai Mara, KenyaElissa Warantz – Red-billed Quelea Murmuration, in Malilangwe Reserve, Zimbabwe.  The air was absolutely alive with these birds, hundreds and hundreds of them covering every bush, tree and shrub in sight.Vikki Canfield – We spotted this flamingo in Arusha National Park, which is a great place for a day trip from Arusha.
Tom Ocasek – This Lilac Breasted Roller was taken in Estosha, Namibia. I have taken 300 + images of this bird over 10 trips to Africa and this was my best result. The details in the feathers and the colors met my expectations.Gabriel Taub – We spotted this family of grey crowned cranes on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. We stopped long enough to see the young crane reach out to its parents. Such majestic, beautiful birds. True royalty.Susan Sheridan – Every time we saw a Lilac-Breasted Roller alight upon a dead branch I hoped it would take off into the sun so I could witness the magnificent iridescence of the ‘roll’. Not one cooperated.
Helen Reinhardt – This grey heron was as still as the water it was standing in as it hunted.Don Sodo – Family outing in Hwange National Park. Safety first…protect the kids!Bill Schmidt – Tarangire National Park is a great birding area, especially for songbirds like this Red & Yellow Barbet.
Philip Coonley – This Madagascar kingfisher was perched over a stream off the Avenue of Baobabs on the coast of Western Madagascar.  The 6-inch speedy hunter of fish was surrounded by magnificent tall trees rooted in place for the last 800 years.David Mounsey – Bee Eater at rest, Governor's Il Moran Camp, Maasai Mara, Oct, 2017Ellen Hoff - A Chobe River boat trip revealed an amazing variety of beautiful water such as this skimmer as well as land birds. Chobe National Park, Botswana.