Bird Madness: Egret Eight Round #2

Bird Madness: Egret Eight Round #2

Michele Berger
Published: 12/22/2011

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We have our first Feathered Four finalist: Surfing bird won in a landslide! Three more to go before we have our big people’s choice winner.

Next up, we’ve got the black-crowned night heron playing peek-a-boo and the peregrine falcon soaring off the roof, winners of Matchups 3 and 4, respectively. They both come from the gallery, “You Lookin’ at ME?” chock-full of images from our Photo Awards. [Please note, voting time this round will be shortened due to the holidays, ending Saturday evening, 12/24. Get your votes in before then.]

By now you likely know how our Bird Madness bracket game works. But just in case you need a refresher, here are some details: Each round of the Soaring Sixteen, we posted two entries from this year’s Audubon Magazine Photo Awards. Those winners are going head to head in our Egret Eight round. The top quartet makes it to the Feathered Four, then two onto the championship match.

It’s all in anticipation of announcing the official winners of our Photo Awards—it’s coming soon!—selected by our design director, Kevin Fisher, our photo editor, Lila Garnett, and publisher and editor-in-chief of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, Steve Freligh.

More than 1,300 of you chose the winners of our Soaring Sixteen. The ultimate victor of Bird Madness will appear on Audubonmagazine.org, along with a story about how he or she captured the shot. Our Jan-Feb 2012 issue will feature the awards’ official winners.

Vote here! Voting closes on Saturday, Dec. 24. We’ll be on hiatus next week due to the holidays, but we’ll pick up the Egret Eight again in the new year, on Monday, January 2, 2012. It’s sure to be a great match!