Birds

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

An owl hunting in the swale at Breezy Point, New York.

 

Photograph by Donald M Jones
Courtesy Merlin Ornithology Lab
Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kaloakulua snuggles up in its nest under the protective wing of a parent. The nest has been a safe haven for the chick for the past three weeks. It will take the better part of year for Kaloakulua to grow into adulthood, during which the chick will become bigger than its mother and father.

Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parent and baby share a tender moment on camera. Cornell's live footage of this Laysan Albatross family began streaming on Jan. 28 and is still up and running.

Silvia Reiche/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures/Corbis

The eye of a Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula).

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Top 100 Images from the 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards

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Purple gallinule, by Susan Davis

Great blue heron, by Michael Libbe

Purple gallinule, by Susan Davis

Great blue heron, by Michael Libbe

Audubon Magazine

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Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
Audubon Magazine

Diplomat by Day, Birding Fanatic Around the Clock

Peter Kaestner takes Audubon's Christmas Bird Count tradition all the way to Afghanistan.
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
Photograph by Peter Kaestner

Peter Kaestner, U.S. senior civilian representative, takes a moment to admire some of the native tumbleweed in Afghanistan.

Photograph by Peter Kaestner

Horned larks are present year-round in the U.S., but can also be found on the opposite side of the world. Kaestner counted 19 of them during his one-day survey in northern Afghanistan.

Photograph by Salah Baazizi
Photograph by Tom Murphy/National Geographic Creative
Photograph by John Stanmeyer/VII
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Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
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Big Win for Arctic Wildlife

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Roger Strand, courtesy of the Wood Duck Society

A one-day-old wood duck chick.