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2018, Birds
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First Place Birds: Terry Gray - A pair of my favorite African birds, lilac-breasted rollers, posed perfectly and patiently for their photo during a game drive in Sabi Sand during our stay at Kirkman’s Kamp.Second Place Birds: Homin Lim - We spotted this malachite kingfisher during our trip to Lake Awassa in Ethiopia. They use reeds as a form of a perch to spot its prey, which includes fish, insects and crustaceans.Third Place Birds: Stuart Hahn - It was nice to capture two carmine bee-eaters together. Photographing one with a captured insect really makes the photo special. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Mark Knott - The colorful bateleur is one of my favorite African birds. The opportunity to photograph a bird coming directly at you comes only rarely. Our guide carefully positioned the vehicle allowing us to get this amazing shot.Stuart Hahn - There are many groups of helmeted guineafowl at Mashatu. They move fast and can be hard to photograph. In this case we were in a hide and they came down to drink. Mashatu, Botswana.Eric Gurwin - We were on our way to see a leopard lying by a dam when I noticed this little malachite kingfisher. The background was perfect and the leopard would wait so I took a few pictures of this beautiful bird.
Terry Gray - I captured this yellow-billed kite during a game drive in the Okavango Delta from Chitabe Camp. This intra-African migratory bird zeroes in on leftovers for lunch.JP Norvell - During a game drive in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park we discovered this tiny pearl-spotted owlet, which measures approximately 7 inches.Bill Harker - The gray crowned crane is found in eastern and southern Africa. They time their breeding season with the rains and have between 2-5 chicks.
Darlene Knott - The giant kingfisher at MalaMala was fishing. To do this, he must hover over the fish in the water, then dive very quickly straight down to catch his prey. I ‘caught’ him in this unique hover before the dive.Carrie Burhenn - For anyone who has ever tried to photograph a lilac-breasted roller in flight, you will know how many hundreds of shots you must take to get one framed just right and in focus. This was my lucky shot. Zimbabwe, Hwange NP.David Gulliver -We came across these Fischer’s lovebirds one morning in the Serengeti. They were all very vocal and the two on the left seemed to be putting on a show for the others.
Stuart Hahn - The carmine bee-eater colony nests in the river banks along the Zambezi River in large groups as shown in this photograph. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.Dave Reilly - With the fruits of its labor, this black-headed heron displays his recently caught dinner. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.Carrie Burhenn - This yellow-billed kite was perched atop a dead snag and a lucky chance of a lens pointed in the right direction as he took off made for a beautifully symmetrical composition. Kwando Reserve, Botswana.
Nils Jacobsen - The show started before the jeep even moved out of the safari camp’s driveway: This collared sunbird is captured in the gardens at Tanda Tula. Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa.Michael Maloon - As they are nocturnal hunters, we were surprised to see this giant eagle owl out in middle of the day. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.JP Norvell - The lilac-breasted roller is the national bird of Kenya and Botswana. Their name comes from a tumbling courtship display in flight.
JP Norvell - This marabou stork tries to feed on a kill surrounded by vultures. Marabous can have a wingspan of up to 9.5 feet in width. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.Ryan Leschensky - Safarier, 11-year old Ryan, became quite the bird watcher and photographer during our Tanzanian safari. He took this photo because he thought it looked like the vultures were having a party in the tree.Evan Ray - We were just pulling away from a brief stop in the northern Serengeti where I was practicing shooting on manual and this bird took flight. Perhaps my favorite shot from our safari as IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
Dave Reilly - Ostrich are the world’s largest birds, weighing up to 250 lbs. A single egg is the equivalent size of 24 chicken eggs. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.Stuart Hahn - We were floating down the Zambezi River watching for the many submerged hippos when we came across this colony of carmine bee-eaters. I liked being able to capture the one flying in to join the group.Bill Harker - Large breeding colonies of the greater flamingo occur in East Africa’s Rift Valley lakes. They feed predominantly on tiny aquatic creatures.
Mark Knott - The little bee-eater is one of the many colorful birds of Africa. Their ability to spot and then dart up off their branch to grab insects in flight is amazing to observe.Darlene Knott - We saw so many beautiful birds coming into the waterhole at the Mashatu hide. These African green pigeons drank in unison for a very brief time and cast a beautiful reflection at the same time. So colorful!Nils Jacobsen - The lilac-breasted roller is one of the most colorful birds - and very difficult to capture in flight. Just like giraffe, it does not seem to be bothered by the thorns. I took this with my 600 mm zoom-x3.
Shirley Klein - Flamingos take off from a lake near the Serengeti Explorer Camp. Two of the world’s five flamingo species occur in Africa - the ‘Lesser’ and ‘Greater’ flamingos.Darlene Knott - We were photographing hippos around the hide at Kaingo Camp when one of the prettiest birds there is, the malachite kingfisher, landed on a branch in the water. Such a tiny speck of beautiful colors!Homin Lim - We discovered this female Tacazze sunbird in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia. The curved beak is used to extract nectar from flowering plants.
Dave Reilly - This little bee-eater rests on an acacia thorn while looking for insects. Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.Julie Neuburger - We spent a long time watching this hawk through the camera lens as it perched on the termite mound, waiting for it to take flight. And then it did. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Lauren Zimmerman - Flamingos in flight are truly a sight to behold. Those flashes of bright pink gliding through the sky will take your breath away. Lake Bogoria, Kenya
Chet Stein - The lilac-breasted roller is probably the most beautiful bird in Africa. It is the National Bird of Kenya (and Botswana). I was fortunate to get this image while we were in the Maasai Mara.Paul Speek - During our game drives in Namibia’s Etosha National Park I captured this pale chanting goshawk.Diana Leferovich - Weavers have strong conical beaks used to cut blades of grass which is used for nest building. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
Homin Lim - As their name suggests, little bee-eaters have a diet of insects, mainly bees, wasps and hornets. MalaMala Camp, South Africa.Terry Gray - We watched as this gorgeous lilac-breasted roller flew from bush to the ground, snatching up bugs for breakfast. I took hundreds of photos of these birds to get this shot. DumaTau Camp, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.Janis Webb - This was the first time we had ever seen a secretary bird in a tree. Our guide was confident that she had a nest up there. They can grow as tall as 4 feet 5 inches. Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Shirley Klein - Common buzzards are a medium size bird of prey which can migrate from northern Europe to South Africa. It is an opportunistic hunter and feeds off small rodents. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Homin Lim - Ethiopia is a bird-lover’s paradise. During our adventure there, I photographed numerous birds including this Nile valley sunbird which is in the Nectariniidae family and feed on nectar.Terry Gray - We were awestruck by the thousands of carmine bee-eaters in a small breeding ground area, and I was fortunate enough to capture these two dancing in mid-air. Sooo beautiful!!! Linyanti Reserve, Botswana.
Nils Jacobsen - The ‘parting shot’ - Outside Sable Camp’s restaurant was a great opportunity for birdwatching. We were waiting for the airport pickup - I finally got this gathering of 3 Doherty’s bush shrikes.Steve Gershwind - Using my Nikon D80 fitted with a Tamron 18-270 zoom lens I captured this raptor flying over the Maasai Mara in Kenya.Iffat Khan - African penguins can be seen on Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. They are covered in dense, water-proof feathers. The white feathers on their stomach and black on their back aid in camouflage from predators.