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BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 15 Winner!

February 26, 2013

Congratulations to Robert Martinez of Denver, CO, week 15’s winner of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by  Bob’s Red Mill! The theme this week was “Birds in Flight” — Robert captured the aerial beauty of these American Avocets quite nicely!

Robert Martinez captured this winning shot of three American Avocets in flight

Robert Martinez captured this winning shot of three American Avocets in flight

Here’s a word from Robert about how he captured the shot:

I was walking around the Boulder Reservoir one early spring afternoon, looking for owls roosting and noticed that a flock of American Avocets were getting ready to take off after being spooked by a coyote roaming the shoreline, quickly moved to a spot where the Avocets would fly by me and found three that were flying close behind each other and fired off three shots before they saw me and changed directions.  This photo was the best of the three.

The sixteenth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest will be open for submissions and voting this Wednesday, February 27th! This week’s theme is “birds at the feeder,” so keep a lens pointed at your feeders! Only one photo can be submitted per person but you can vote for as many photos as you like.  This week’s contest starts Wednesday, February 27th and runs through Sunday, March 3rd.

Project FeederWatch in Action in Baton Rouge, LA!

February 21, 2013

A fourth grade science class at the Westdale Heights Academic Magnet in Baton Rouge, LA, has been participating in Project FeederWatch this season and loving it! Pamela Fry’s class, with the help of volunteer Dennis Demcheck, have been learning about birds through Project FeederWatch.

“Several science teachers… have come to me and remarked that the students’  intense interest in birds (feeders outside classroom windows) has sparked a wider interest in science,” says Dennis.  The students started observing and counting feeder birds in November 2012 and have been drawing the birds that they see. “The students are still drawing birds and giving the drawings to me,” he says. “They can’t stop and neither can I.  This is a presentation that will never be finished–only updated.”  Dennis put together this fantastic slide show to share the students’ enthusiasm for birds and Project FeederWatch…check it out!

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Weeks 13 and 14 Winners!

February 19, 2013

Gary Rasmussen of Anchorage, AK was the winner of the 13th week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme for the thirteenth week was “the unexpected” — this shot of a Costa’s Hummingbird taken in Patagonia, AZ in an aerial dance with a honeybee fits the bill!

Gary Rasmussen caught this chance moment between a Costa's Hummingbird and a honey bee.

Gary Rasmussen caught this chance moment between a Costa’s Hummingbird and a honey bee.

Gary explains:

I was on vacation photographing birds in Southeast Arizona when I shot this picture of the Costa’s Hummingbird and Honey Bee.  Southeast Arizona has more species of Hummingbirds than anywhere else in the United States. The Costa’s is one of ten Hummingbirds species I have been able to photograph in Arizona. There are numerous feeding stations, throughout the area, open to the public for a modest donation, and B&Bs catering to bird watchers.  Like many Alaskans, we like to escape the cold for a couple of weeks in the winter, and Arizona is a popular destination.

The fourteenth week of the contest was championed by Laurie Salzler of Ann Arbor, MI!  The theme for the 14th week was “Black and White Birds OR Black and White Photos” — this shot of a Downy Woodpecker ticks off both requirements nicely!

Black and white - a winning Downy Woodpecker by Laurie Salzler

Black and white – a winning Downy Woodpecker by Laurie Salzler

Laurie’s photo may have been a black and white photo of a black and white bird, but she was tickled pink by the win:

I must say I’m tickled to death at winning this week’s contest. I have over a dozen feeders scattered in my front and back yards, which gives me countless opportunities to photograph the birds. There are two pair of Downy Woodpeckers that come to the feeders and they’re constantly driving one another away. I was fortunate to have this female sit still long enough for me to snap her photo.

The fifteenth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest will be open for submissions and voting this Wednesday, February 20th! This week’s theme is “birds in flight,” so capture those flitting feathers! Only one photo can be submitted per person but you can vote for as many photos as you like.  This week’s contest starts today Wednesday, February 20th and runs through Sunday, February 24th.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 12 Winner!

February 5, 2013

Congratulations to Steve Shelasky, a FeederWatcher from Longmeadow, MA, our winner for the twelfth week of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme for the week was “birds and water”– Steve was lucky enough to capture this male Yellow Warbler taking a bath.

A Yellow Warbler enjoying a bath by Steve Shelasky

A Yellow Warbler enjoying a bath by Steve Shelasky

Steve explains how he got the shot:

I was lucky enough to be standing opposite this puddle, at some distance, when this beautiful little Yellow Warbler flew in, checked out the amenities, and began his bath. I was able to get off several shots, this being the best one(thank you Canon 7D, 8fr/sec).

It’s such a wonderfully cheery photo – we hope it brightens your day as much as it brightened ours!

The thriteenth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest will be open for submissions and voting this Wednesday, February 6th! This week’s theme is “the unexpected,” so pull out your photos of anything weird or wacky or your surprise moments. Only one photo can be submitted per person but you can vote for as many photos as you like.  This week’s contest starts today Wednesday, February 6th and runs through Sunday, February 10th.

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