Hazel Erikson from Tennessee landscaped her backyard to attract birds. This pair of bluebirds was accounted for just two of the many visitor she gets each season.
By Hazel Erikson
Clark’s grebe, by Robert Lewis
Bald eagle, by Brian Kushner
A downy young great horned owl, by Nancy Elwood
Golden-fronted woodpecker, by Barbara Baird
This Anna's hummingbird approaches a branch of staggering florets in Rick Derevan's backyard in Atascadero, California. The bird is about the size of a ping-pong ball, and weighs about as much as a nickel. It's range extends up and down the west coast of North America.
By Rick Derevan
Double-crested cormorant, by Aaron Baggenstos
A hummingbird, by Mark Thomas
Sword-billed hummingbird, by Mark Thomas
Northern hawk owl, by Jim Cumming
Ruff, by Georges McNeil
While searching for sea otters in California, Alice Cahill ended up photographing this double-crested cormorant toting its dinner around. The bird is sporting special breeding feathers above its eyes, making it apparent that Cahill's subject is a male.
By Alice Cahill
A couple of young Gentoo penguins get extremely close to Max Seigal as he photographed their colony in Antarctica. Seigal took trip to the southern continent to photograph the astounding species that reside there.
By Max Seigal
The wide expanses of wetlands and farms in western New York provide Diana Whiting with plenty of opportunities to photograph short-eared owls. The raptors move up to Canada and Alaska during the summer months.
By Diana Whiting
Tricolored herons are one of the smaller members of the Ciconiiformes. During breeding season their faces and bills become blue, unlike the individual that Bill Dix photographed.
By William Dix
Hector Astorga caught this greater roadrunner showing off stunts on a raptor perch in Santa Clara, Texas. The bird runs fast, but it also is highly adapted to desert life and can eat venomous animals.
Greater roadrunner, by Hector Astorga
Hector Astorga's ranch in Santa Clara, Texas is the ideal spot for bird photography. His bird blinds make it possible for him to get unadultered shots of raptors, such as great horned owls.
Great horned owl, by Hector Astorga
A male pileated woodpeckers flies back to the roost to feed his hungry family, just in time for Bob Mislan to photograph him. Males can easily be identified by the red stripes on their cheeks.
By Robert Mislan
A black skimmer dips its beak into the water during a summer afternoon in Long Island, New York. The photographer, Johann Schumacher, has been taking shots of skimmer flocks for many summers now.
By Johann Schumacher
A short-eared owl flies by Debra Herst and her camera. The birds like to hunt in open, grassy expanses, making river banks and wetlands the ideal places to photograph the species.