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Who Shot it Best?

We are happy to announce the winners of our Who Shot it Best photo contest. Congratulations to Kristy Leigh Baker whose photograph of an American Goldfinch garnered the most votes from over 3,000 entries!

Congratulations are also in store for Pia Niewoonder, the new owner of a free pair of Zeiss binoculars! Pia was selected at random from over 2,400 entrants, winning a pair of TERRA ED 8×32 Zeiss binoculars. Upon winning, Pia remarked, “Wow—these are so awesome!! Thank you, I’m really enjoying them!”

Stay tuned for more photo contests like this—you too could win a free pair of binoculars or other cool swag.

BirdsEye would like to thank Zeiss for sponsoring our contest.

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Best Bird Photos From March

Every day, BirdsEye users submit beautiful bird photos from around the world. The images are verified and incorporated into our apps to help our users better identify species as they birdwatch. The following images are a collection of our staff’s favorite pics submitted to our BirdsEye.photo site in 2019.

Have a favorite image in our apps that you’d like to see featured? Email us at info@birdsinthehand.com.

Marion Dobbs – Ode photographer Extraordinaire

Marion has always been attracted to biology, natural history, and the outdoors. She doesn’t know why – neither of her parents were, nor any other relatives of their or her generation. But she has soldiered on alone.

Her education and training included an undergraduate degree in zoology, a master’s degree in conservation ecology, and a doctorate in biogeography. If she could have made a career as a professional student, she would have. She tried.

Marion actually worked for pay for several years and took even more years off to raise two children. Midlife crisis, combined with empty-nest syndrome, sent her back to school followed by another period of employment. Now she spends much of her time wandering in fields, slogging through swamps, wading in rivers, and digging in streams in search of her study target – dragonflies. When she’s not out doing that, she’s home bending over a hot computer maintaining a variety of state databases, keeping up with her field notes and email, editing photos, doing a bit of reviewing for Odonata Central, making maps, and designing websites for herself and for the occasional other.

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Kelp Goose — Marion is also a great bird photographer!

She has been extremely fortunate to explore many parts of our country on foot and by car and to travel on all continents excepting Antarctica, primarily on bird, natural history, and/or photography-oriented trips. She is proud to state that she has seen House Sparrow on all of those continents.

Marion’s writings and photographs appear in a number of esoteric journals, books, and field guides read only by the select few and on various insect identification and conservation websites popular chiefly with geeks of her own sort.

She has five grandchildren, none of whom, to date, show more than a passing interest in nature. She is thankful for the digital age; it enables her to maintain contact with those who do share her unending curiosity about the world she lives in.

See more of Marion’s great photography on her blogs:

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia, the southeastern U.S., and beyond  
MAMOMI – Travels, Nature, and Oddments of Various Kinds

March Photographer of the Month

Steven Mlodinow was born in Chicago where his dear older brothers, Michael and Len, started him off on his path to obsession. Blame them! He was later mentored by members of the Evanston Northshore Bird Club, especially Charlie Clark and Pat Ware, to whom he owes an enduring debt for their kindness and guidance. Most of what is good about Steve’s approach to birding can be laid at their feet and those of Bill Tweit.

The photography bug started with a videocamera and then a Panasonic Lumix ultrazoom around 2005, followed by a series of Nikon cameras (D200, D300, D7000) using a Sigma 50-500 mm lens starting in 2008. Steven was the Oregon-Washington regional editor for North American Birds for 10 years and for Colorado-Wyoming for 3 years. He has served on the Washington Bird Records Committee for 10 years and was author/editor of several books, most recently Birds of Washington, which was published in 2005. His photographs appear in several books, including the Stoke’s Guides and Dennis Paulson’s dragonfly guides.

He would like to thank his patient companions, who endure his lens-bearing chases of creatures great and tiny.