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You Be the Judge: Behavior--Strongest Category Yet?

You Be the Judge: Behavior

The judging for the BIRDS AS ART 1st International Bird Photography Competition has been complete for some time. All of the judges including me were stunned by the quality of the images. We have been and will continue to be posting all of the images that were sent to the judges category by category. Each of you will have a chance to judge each category. Please read the directions below carefully. Your votes will not determine the winning images but it has been and will continue to be fun to see how everyone’s votes compare to the votes of the judges. So far the top pick of the public vote has matched the top pick of the judge’s panel in three of four categories. The images in the Behavior category are so incredibly strong overall that I suspect that that will not be the case here…. In retrospect there are a dozen or more images here that would have been worthy first place choices.

This was a hugely popular category. We began with 754 images. Getting down to the 18 images that were sent to the five judges was a difficult and excruciating task that took many hours. Here is another big time thank you to Darrell, Chris, Julie, and Tim. And a big time thanks also to Peter Kes and Denise Ippolito for pitching in during the first rounds of image selection. We worked very hard for nearly three full days to get from more than 5500 images down to the final 163.

The Behavior category was designed for images that exhibited interesting avian behavior. The entrants outdid themselves by a wide margin.

Before you vote, please sure to click on each image so that you can view it at full size. Then pick your five favorites and vote them 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 with 5 being your very favorite. Like this:

Red-crowned Cranes calling in snow: 5
Prairie Chicken displaying: 4
Black-necked (Eared) Grebes mating: 3
Great-crested Grebes mating: 2
Grey Heron with fish: 1

The “Sample Vote” above is for illustrative purposes only. Please do not let the sample vote, the votes of others, or the names assigned to the images influence your vote. Please put each of your five favorites on its own line by hitting “enter” after each one. No ties; please assign a single digit, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 to each of your five favorites. As you will see there are a great many beautiful, interesting, and even thought-provoking images here.

If you wish to comment on any or all of the images, please do so below your five voting lines; this will make tallying the votes easier. Votes cast by those who fail to follow the formatting directions will be relegated to the Trash Bin.

The voting will be closed at 8am eastern time on Monday, June The actual winning images for this category will be posted on Monday, June 25. A tally of the public vote along with my analysis and comments will follow soon thereafter.

Thanks for voting and please remember to breathe deeply and have fun.


Thrush with caterpillar


African Jacana on the run with chicks


Emperor Penguin Familiy

Hungry chick Laysan Albatross and chick (Phoebastria immutabilis), Midway Atoll, USA.Adult Laysan Albatrosses on Midway Atoll in the North West Pacific, will leave their chicks for periods of up to three weeks on long distance fishing trips, foraging mainly for squid. Returning to their usually ravenous chicks, the regurgitated yellow, treacle-like squid is emptied down the throats of the hungry chicks. Sadly, adults often inadvertently ingest plastic material, increasingly abundant on the surface of even the remotest seas. The regurgiation of this material to their chicks has now become a major cause of dwindling albatross populations.

Laysan Albatross feeding chick

Hokkaido, Japan Hokkaido, Japan

Red-crowned Cranes calling in snow

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Prairie Chicken displaying


Black-necked (Eared) Grebes mating

Great Crested Grebes mating These grebes were mating on a kind of a "lek". There appeared to be a favorite place for mating for a lot of couples on this lake. One couple after the other mated on the same place.

Great-crested Grebes mating


Grey Heron with fish


Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk)


Common Kingfisher with fish

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus), adult male landing on perch with beetle prey, Laredo, Webb County, South Texas, USA

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with beetle


Gull with stolen chick


Great White Egret chicks

Long-eared Owl 0615 A juvenile long-eared owl spreads his wings to make himself look more formidable.

Long Eared Owl threat display


Spectacled Spider-hunter displaying


Marbled Godwit with sand crab


African Fish-Eagle capture

Nickerson Beach/JBWR Photo-Tour August 15-17, 2012

If you missed the announcement for this exciting trip click here for details (along with 25 pretty nice images). And click here to see a great collection of co-leader Denise Ippolito’s “Blasts from the Past” Nickerson Beach images.

61 comments to You Be the Judge: Behavior–Strongest Category Yet?

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Voting is now closed: 9:03 am, on Monday 6-25. Thanks to all who participated. The winners will be announced soon. artie

  • avatar Jay

    I must agree with Carol Nichols, this is getting much more difficult.

    Emperor Penguins 5
    Grey Heron with Fish 4
    Common Kingfisher 3
    Black Necked Grebes 2
    Spectacled Spider Hunter 1

  • avatar Arka Sarkar

    5 – Red-crowned Cranes calling in snow
    4 – Spectacled Spider-hunter displaying
    3- Laysan Albatross feeding chick
    2- Gull with stolen chick
    1- Long Eared Owl threat display
    But what a collection! Was really difficult to pick and rank these.

  • avatar Neill Crawford

    Ok…the hardest category yet…all beautiful images… I thought hard about the amount of work the photographer put in to get these award worthy works….they all worked very hard….LOL

    5. Gymogene
    4. Spectacled Spider Hunter displaying
    3. Emperor Penguin Family
    2. Grey Heron with fish (loved the fish)
    1. African Fish Eagle Capture

  • avatar Paul A Thomas

    Spectacled Spider Hunter displaying: 5
    Prairie Chicken displaying: 4
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with Beetle: 3
    African Fish-Eagle capture: 2
    Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk): 1

  • avatar Jennie Stock

    Laysan Albatros feeding chick: 5
    Spectacled Spider-hunter displaying: 4
    Grey Heron with fish: 3
    Common Kingfisher with fish: 2
    African Fish-Eagle capture: 1

  • 5. Gymogene
    4. Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher w/beetle
    3. Long Eared Owl threat display
    2. Spectacled Spider Hunter
    1. Thrush w/Caterpillar

  • avatar Carol Nichols

    This is getting tougher and tougher!

    Grey Heron with fish: 5
    Spectacled Spider-hunter displaying: 4
    Thrush with caterpillar: 3
    Black-necked (Eared) Grebes mating: 2
    Common Kingfisher with fish: 1

  • Spectacled Spider-hunter displaying: 5
    African Jacana on the run with chicks: 4
    Black-necked (Eared) Grebes mating: 3
    Thrush with caterpillar: 2
    Red-crowned Cranes calling in snow:

    I feel really bad leaving the others out. Outstanding collection.