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!
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!
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.