Vote in the Back­yard Photo Con­test

Sit in the judge’s seat!

Birds & Blooms - - Con­tents - Jim Ri­d­ley BRIGHTON, MICHI­GAN

See which pho­tos made the fi­nals!

The Birds & Blooms Back­yard Photo Con­test re­ceived more than 9,000 ex­tra­or­di­nary en­tries this year, and our team nar­rowed it down to four fi­nal­ists in each cat­e­gory: birds, blooms and but­ter­flies. Now it’s your turn! Vote for your fa­vorites at bird­sand­blooms.com/con­tests by Nov. 30.

Last year’s Back­yard Photo Con­test win­ner shares the story be­hind his stun­ning shot.

With my Nikon D4S, I cap­tured this image of a hun­gry ju­ve­nile and adult east­ern blue­bird in my back­yard. The adults were feed­ing when the young one loudly re­minded them it could not fend for it­self yet. As young blue­birds ap­proach adult­hood, the speck­led pat­tern on their breast dis­ap­pears and be­comes a warm red-brown. I love the wing place­ment on the adult in this image. And you can’t beat the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two birds.

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