Buzz off buster!  Bird Photographer of the Year finalists announced

Buzz off buster! Bird Photographer of the Year finalists announced

Buzz off buster!  Bird Photographer of the Year finalists announced

One of the world’s most prestigious bird photography competitions has just released a stunning selection of photos for a shot at winning this year’s competition.

More than 20,000 images were entered in the Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 competition, and this selection is a taste of some of the finalists.

“Birds are an incredibly diverse group of animals and this year we’ve seen stunning images of everything from mallards to harpy eagles,” said Will Nicholls, wildlife cameraman and director at Bird Photographer of the Year. “We celebrate birds and conservation through images, and it is always a pleasure for everyone on the jury to see the work of such talented photographers.”

The final winners will be announced on September 8, 2022. After that announcement, the winning images will be shown around the world in a touring exhibition.

Highland Buzzard vs Corsac Fox

This image of a perched buzzard (Buteo hemilasius) and corsac fox (vulpes corsac) was taken on the Mandu grasslands of Dongwu Banner in Inner Mongolia. Both the buzzard and the fox are apex predators in this grassy environment and share a diet consisting mainly of small rodents. Consequently, they are nutritional rivals and are sometimes driven to fight each other for food. photo by Baozhu Wang/Bird Photographer of the Year © Baozhu Wang/Bird Photographer of the Year

Full contact

A few Eurasian spoonbills (platalea leucorodia) fight and prevent them from flying away. Photographed in Hortobágy National Park, Hungary. photo by Gabor Baross/Bird Photographer of the Year

A cartoon bird raising its hands

This black and yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) causes quite a stir, trying to attract a mate. Their courtship behavior includes a lot of boisterous vocalization and attention-seeking wing to spread. Photo by Weng Kong Liew/Bird Photographer of the Year

Single file

A group of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) line up at Gold Harbor, South Georgia. Photo by Ben Cranke/Bird Photographer of the Year

wart head

this oturkey with cells (meleagris ocellata) it looks beautiful with its red-colored tubercles on the head and neck. These nodules are more pronounced in males, as seen in this image, photographed in Chan Chich, Belize. Photo by Leander khil/Bird Photographer of the Year

stack in love

A pair of crested caracara (Caracara Cheriway) perform their mating rituals at Laguna Seca Ranch, Edinburg, Texas, USA. photo by Marti Phillips/Bird Photographer of the Year

Life is at stake

great blue heron (Ardea herodias) photographed after capturing a vole, Skagit Valley, Washington State, USA. Photo by Glenn Nelson/Bird Photographer of the Year

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Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program

if the projects name suggests, the Burrowing Owl Recovery Program is working to restore the Burrowing Owl (Athens cunicularia) population in Manitoba, Canada. The approach includes the reintroduction of owl pairs and young, wild owl surveys, as seen in this image. Owls are restocked each breeding season, with the cooperation of private landowners. photo by Walter Potrebka/Bird Photographer of the Year


spotted redshank (Tringa erythropus), photographed during battles near Finnmark, Norway. Photo by Erlend Haarberg/Bird Photographer of the Year

Hummingbird Hideout

Annathe hummingbird (Calypt Anna) mother feeds her young, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. photo by Liron Gertsman/Bird Photographer of the Year

Gentoo dancing at sunset

A gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis Papua) photographed while walking with the silhouette of a sunset on Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom. Photo by Audrey Wooller/Bird Photographer of the Year

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