We’re back to share with you some of the winners from this year’s National Wildlife Federation photography contest winners. Not only are the photos great, each has something to teach us about the natural world.
As we noted last time, Rob Palmer of Colorado won the Grand Prize in this contest as well as the London Museum of Natural History’s prize. In that photo, a Bald Eagle was about to dine on a Red-winged Blackbird. In this one, a Bald Eagle is about to eat a Starling.
The lesson about nature from this photo is easily summarized: Starlings lack rear-view mirrors.
Next we have this photo, of another Starling, made by Karen Bloodworth. From it we learn that Starlings not only lack rear view mirrors: When young, they are easily confused about who is supposed to feed them.
Next is a photo made by Patricia Kline. The Halloween message is clear: Protect your pumpkins from Barn Owls wearing masks. That is a Barn Owl, right?
We leave you with this one, shot by Marcia Olinger.
Two possibilites exist about nature’s lesson in this photo. One hypothesis is that squirrels can’t read. Or perhaps they can read, but are scofflaws. Either way, signs warning them to keep away from the bird food won’t work.
You can see all the winners here and we recommend spending a few minutes with them. All of them remind us that we are not separate from nature, but a part of it. Here is an article about the contest with larger photos but be patient, sometimes it takes a long time to load.
If the squirrels are eating the bird food you put out, here is a squirrel-proof feeder that doesn’t care if they can read.