There you are now.
By Dirk Koy.
The ten category winners of the 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year competition.
[From top: “Electric” by Carlos Cifuentes Torres, (White Stork Ciconia ciconia. Seville, Spain); “Fairy landing on Earth,” by Shu Qing, (Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus. Sanmenxia, Henan, China); “A new beginning” by Swayamsiddha Mohapatra, (Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis. Kaziranga National Park, India); “Swifts over Iguazú Falls” by Francesco Filippo Pellegrini, (Great Dusky Swift Cypseloides senex. Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina); “Hoopoe flight at low speed” by Gadi Shmila, (Common Hoopoe Upupa epops. Israel); “Perfect camouflage” by Moshe Cohen, (Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops. Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel); “Ropewalker” by Nicolas Reusens, (Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera. Papallacta, Ecuador); “Feeding frenzy” by Greg Lecoeur, (Cape Gannet Morus capensis. Port St Johns, South Africa); “On the attack!” by Georgina Steytler, (Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus. Perth, Western Australia). and “End of the day” by Majed AlZa’abi, (European Shag Gulosus aristotelis. Vardø, Norway).]
Explore the full collection here.
Skerries, County Dublin.
This tiny, 99 million year old, hummingbird-sized skull found preserved in amber is shedding new light on the period during which reptilian dinosaurs evolved into the early form of their modern day descendants – birds.
The creature had the small pupils and canonical eyes of a lizard and 23 razor sharp teeth in its upper jaw, suggesting that it ate insects.