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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.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 11 Winner!

January 29, 2013

Congratulations to Cissy Beasley of Beeville, TX, our winner for the eleventh week of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme for the week was “natural foods”– Cissy caught this fantastic moment of a juvenile male Vermilion Flycatcher about to swallow a dragon fly.

Cissy Beasley caught this Vermilion Flycatcher about to swallow a big dragonfly.

Cissy Beasley caught this Vermilion Flycatcher about to swallow a big dragonfly.

Here’s Cissy’s story about this shot:

As a proponent of nature and its inhabitants first, and a photographer second, I approach my picture-taking as though I am a guest in a beautiful place. I am, after all, in their space, and I deeply respect that.

So it was on a weekend in December, 2012 that I visited a large stock tank on family ranch land in deep South Texas, scanning for photo opportunities. I noted dozens of dragonflies bouncing all across the water’s surface, as well as the vigorous pursuit of those winged fairies by the quick flycatchers and phoebes that also inhabit the area. I observed the behavior of one juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher in particular, who seemed to favor a snag at the water’s edge as his dining spot.

The next morning, I situated my portable blind in close proximity to the snag, and waited. It took awhile for the bird to decide that this strange new thing nearby wasn’t a threat; with that, he commenced his diving and catching and soon, to my delight, he arrived at his spot with a dragonfly that was almost as large as he, firmly grasped in his beak. I admired his ambition!

In all the hours of watching flycatchers, I’ve learned that they enjoy tossing their food around before eating it – so, I knew I was in for an animated show. This little fellow did not disappoint! I aimed the camera and started firing away as he maneuvered the dragonfly in all directions – up, down, in his beak, out of his beak, and finally – down the hatch.

I’ve visited that spot since then, and there is my little buddy, growing into his red suit and looking handsome. I don’t need the blind any longer. I can sit openly close by and my trusting little friend gives me a great show, every time. I’ve learned that when you’re a courteous and respectful guest, hosts appreciate it and you get invited back!

Cissy also sent us a photo of the same Vermilion Flycatcher swallowing the large meal – down the hatch it goes!

The "after" shot - down the hatch!

The “after” shot – down the hatch!

The twelfth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest will be open for submissions and voting this Wednesday, January30th! This week’s theme is “birds and water,” so show us your photos of birds splashing around in birdbaths, weathering the rain, or enjoying a natural body of water. 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, January 30th and runs through Sunday, February 3rd.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 10 Winner!

January 22, 2013

Congratulations to Tyler Smith of Dallas, TX, our winner for the tenth week of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme for the week was “birds at the feeder”– what a wonderful capture of a male Northern Cardinal about to indulge!

Tyler Smith of Dallas, TX capture this winning photo of a male Northern Cardinal at his feeder

Tyler Smith of Dallas, TX capture this winning photo of a male Northern Cardinal at his feeder

As it turns out, Tyler was actually hoping for a painted bunting when he snapped this winning photo! He writes:

We had recently moved to a new area in San Antonio and I had seen a male painted bunting for the first time.  I decided to sit outside on the porch with my camera and read for a bit to see what other new birds might come by.  As luck would have it, I didn’t see any other painted buntings that day.  However, this cardinal came and landed on the feeder while I was reading.  I don’t know how long he had been there, but as I aimed my camera and pressed the shutter he was just in the process of taking off!  Although he came back to the feeder several times that day, this was by far the best picture I took.  This picture has become one of my lasting favorites.

You never know what lasting memory might happen when you’re FeederWatching!

The eleventh week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest will be open for submissions and voting this Wednesday, January23rd! This week’s theme is “natural foods,” so try to capture birds eating berries, chowing down on insects, or birds enjoying another natural food source. 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, January 23rd and runs through Sunday, January 27th.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 9 Winner!

January 16, 2013

Congratulations to Eileen Chorba of Beach Lake, PA, our winner for the ninth week of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme for the week was “birds in flights”–Eileen did a fantastic job of catching this Great Blue Heron duo mid-flight!

Eileen Chorba submitted this winning photo of a pair of Great Blue Herons in flight in Promised Land, PA.

Eileen Chorba submitted this winning photo of a pair of Great Blue Herons in flight in Promised Land, PA.

The tenth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest is already underway! This week’s theme is “birds at the feeder” so get your camera out while you do your FeederWatch count!. 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, January16th and runs through Sunday, January 20th.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Weeks 6, 7, and 8 Winners!

January 7, 2013

We got a little behind on posting our BirdSpotter photo contest winners on the FeederWatch blog with the recent holiday break, so we’re going to give you the last three weeks in one whirlwind post!

Week 6: Birds and Water

Debi Rabin of Phoenixville, PA snapped the winning photo for week 6, of a Bald Eagle snatching a fish out of the water.

Debi Rabin won Week 6 with this photo of a Bald Eagle at Conowingo Dam in MD.

Debi Rabin won week 6 with this photo of a Bald Eagle at Conowingo Dam in MD.

Debi says:

The photo was taken at Conowingo Dam in Maryland.  Was a gorgeous day weather wise on November 21, 2011 and the eagles were plentiful.  They were fish diving, chasing and soaring everywhere, was hard to decide which eagle to follow then out of the corner of my eye I saw this guy put the talons out, head cocked looking down and then wham, I didn’t know I captured this particular shot until I got home to sort out my captures.

Week 7: The Unexpected

Holly VandenBrink took the winning photo for week 7 for week 6 with the theme “the unexpected”.

Holly VandenBrink caught this brief interaction between squirrel and Cooper's Hawk.

Holly VandenBrink caught this brief interaction between squirrel and Cooper’s Hawk.

It seems that the shot was unexpected for everyone involved!  Holly says:

The hawk was on my fence, when through the camera viewer I could see the Squirrel come into sight, I couldn’t believe it.  They both went their own directions, no one was harmed  🙂

Week 8: Shades of Blue

Week 8’s winner came to us from Diane Marshman of New Milford, PA with this wondeful capture of an Indigo Bunting.  We can’t think of a much better bird to win a week with the theme of “shades of blue!”

This Indigo Bunting photo by Diane Marshman won week 8 of the BirdSpotter photo contest.

This Indigo Bunting photo by Diane Marshman won week 8 of the BirdSpotter photo contest.

Congratulations to the winners of the last three weeks!  The ninth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest will be open for submissions and voting this Wednesday, January 9th! This week’s theme is “birds in flight.” Only one photo can be submitted per person but you can vote for as many photos as you like.  This week’s contest runs through Sunday, January 13th.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 5 Winner

December 17, 2012

Congratulations to Bob Mislan of Chesapeake, VA, our winner for the fifth week of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme for the week was “natural foods”–this Red-headed Woodpecker’s mouthful of mantis was more than enough to win!

Bob Mislan submitted the winning photo of a Red-headed Woodpecker enjoying a mantis..

Bob Mislan submitted the winning photo of a Red-headed Woodpecker enjoying a mantis..

The sixth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest is already underway! This week’s theme is “birds and water”  so show us your photos of birds splashing around in birdbaths, weathering the rain, or enjoying a natural body of water. Only one photo can be submitted per person but you can vote for as many photos as you like.  This week’s contest starts on Wednesday, December 19th and runs through Sunday, December 23rd.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest: Week 4 Winner

December 12, 2012

Congratulations to Pam Monahan from Virginia Beach, VA, our winner for the fourth week of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest!  The theme for week 4 was “at the feeder” and Pam’s Eastern Bluebird family is certainly enjoying her mealworm feeder!

POam Monahan submitted the winning photo of an Eastern Bluebird family enjoying her mealworm feeder.

Pam Monahan submitted the winning photo of an Eastern Bluebird family enjoying her mealworm feeder.

Pam says:

I mounted a bluebird nesting box just beyond my fence, facing the adjacent golf course fairway in 2011.  After a season of no bluebird nesting activity, but numerous spottings, I decided to entice them with food. I didn’t care much for the thought of live mealworms in my refrigerator, so I have been ordering freeze-dried mealworms online. The bluebirds appeared almost immediately. They would check out the box, which is hand made by a member of the Virginia Beach Audubon Society, but they were just interested in the food. The first family appeared in June 2012. Both parents came and fed two fledglings. They came every day, sometimes as a family, sometimes individually. Then, in August, a family with 3 fledglings appeared.  I have no idea if it was the same family, but I like to believe it was a second clutch. It was just the absolute sweetest experience watching them.  Sometimes the Mom would feed, sometimes, the Dad. Sometimes the parents would feed each other. This was an experience I will always treasure; being able to get a brief glimpse into the life of bluebirds. It’s a journey of life, love, and survival.

Pam is also planning on donating the bird products from her prize pack to the wildlife refuge where she volunteers – what a great idea!

The fifth week of our BirdSpotter Photo Contest, sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill is already underway! This week’s theme is “natural foods”  so we’re looking for photos of birds enjoying berries, pine cones, insects, or whatever else they find out in nature! Only one photo can be submitted per person but you can vote for as many photos as you like.  This week’s contest runs through Sunday, December 16th.

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