Is it the level of artistry, technical ability and superhuman patience of the image makers, or the wonders of nature, perfection in feathers they’ve caught on camera – which is the more awe-inspiring? I can’t decide. Either way, these pics are stunners.
Winner, Bird Photographer of the Year 2017. Feeding Flamingos by Alejandro Prieto Rojas
Birds in Flight, Gold. Australian Pelican landing on water by Bret Charman The pelican. Amazing combination of action and tranquillity. And the colours…. My favourite, Which is yours?
Snowy Owl by Markus Varesvuo. Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. Juvenile snowy owls have black feathers until they turn white
Birds in the Environment, silver. Crane flock misty lake by Piotr Chara. Cranes are opportunistic feeders. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America
An Andean condor ( Vultur gryphus) circles the thermals looking for prey in its dramatic habitat of Torres del Paine national park, Chile; by Ben Hall Just wow
Attention to Detail, Silver. Grey Heron looking under wing by Ahmad Alessa
Birds in Flight, Honorable Mention. Seagulls and fox by Gabor Kapus Like something from a horror movie – powerful, atmospheric. And how on earth …?
Fighting Coots by Andy Parkinson. Two common coots (Fulica atra) fighting in a dispute over territory, a rather common behavior Ok, I surrender
The Battle By Jose Garcia, US. Bird Behaviour Category Hard to tell who’s in the most trouble here
Barn Owl Hovering By Roy Rimmer, UK. Bird Behaviour Category
Blue Tit On Berries By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category See, one hand. Easy!
2017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover Delicate as a Japanese painting
Full Speed By Faisal Alnomas, Kuwait. Bird Behaviour Category Look at me go!
Catch Of The Day By Vince Burton, UK. Winner Of The Nature Photographers Ltd People’s Choice Award Category
Goosander And Brood By Jonathan Gaunt, UK. Bird Behaviour Category You’d better watch no. 4 mum. He’s gonna be trouble!
Albatross Eye Close-up By Jessica Winter, Bronze In Attention To Detail Category Now tell me animals don’t have souls
Bearded Sunset By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner In Best Portfolio Category And Honourable Mention For Best Portrait Category See more, all the winners in the different categories
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