Birds

Photograph by Susan Faulkner Davis

Amateur Winner. Purple Gallinule. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, FL


"Purple gallinules are a wonder with their brilliant colors and amazingly oversized feet. In summer they climb the long, limber flowering stalks of the fire flag, gathering nearby stems as they go for support until they can reach their reward: tasty purple flowers or plump green seeds," says Susan Faulkner Davis. "I always stop to watch and capture their work when I am lucky enough to spot them. The gray background here, a reflection of the overcast sky, was a great setting for the jewel-like colors of the gallinule."

 

Photograph by Michael Libbe

Grand Prize Winner. Great Blue Heron. Viera Wetlands, Viera, FL

 

"These wetlands have an area of 12- to 14-foot cabbage palms where great blue herons build their nests," says Micael Libbe. "They also use the palms for their courtship rituals, including stretching their necks to be as tall as they can. One heron was facing me directly as he reached for the sky. I was too close to get his entire body in the frame, so I focused on the neck and head. I was able to catch this one just at the apex of his stretch."

 

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Photo by Michael Libbe
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Illustration by Brandon Ballengée
Illustration by Lara Tomlin. Based on the work of Betsy Bang, Timothy J. Roper, Julie Hagelin
Illustration by Lara Tomlin. Based on the work of Betsy Bang, Timothy J. Roper, Julie Hagelin
Illustration by Lara Tomlin. Based on the work of Betsy Bang, Timothy J. Roper, Julie Hagelin
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