A stunning photo of a Northern Flicker in flight is the Best-in-Show winner of the Alabama Ornithological Society’s second annual photo contest. (See photo scroll on our Home Page for all of the winning photos.) The photo was submitted by Miranda Johnson Studstill of Mobile. The Northern Flicker, often called the Yellowhammer, is the state bird of Alabama.
Winner of the Backyard category was Rick Dowling of Prattville for his photo of an adult cardinal feeding a juvenile.
The Best Flight category winner was Susi Stroud of Owens Crossroads for her photo of an Osprey.
Mark Watts of Coden won the Best Habitat category for a photo of a Snowy Egret feeding on a large fish.
The four honorable mention winners were Dowling, Watts, Bob Quarles of Birmingham and Susan Rouillier of Mobile.
While the photo contest is only for members of AOS in good standing at the time of the submissions, the cost of an AOS membership is modest. See: https://www.aosbirds.org/about-us/joinrenew/ Photos must be taken between the deadline for the previous year’s contest (Sept. 15) and the deadline for the current year’s contest, so interested photographers can start now to build a portfolio for next year’s entries.
Judges for the contest were professional photographers Mark Almond and Bob Farley and well-known birding photographer Bala Chennupati.