Bird beauty: white-tailed kite carrying prey wins Audubon Photography Awards 2022


The 2022 national Audubon Society Photography Award winners have just been announced. The Audubon Society protects birds and their habitats throughout America using science, advocacy and on-ground education.

This year, the grand prize was awarded to Jack Zhi from California, USA for his image of two white-tailed kites. The photo depicts two white-tailed kites facing the camera with their abdomens exposed as one of the birds clutches onto its prey. It was shot with a Sony A9 II (opens in new tab) and a Sony 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens (opens in new tab) with a Sony FE 2x teleconverter. If you need the best camera for bird and wildlife photography (opens in new tab) then this Sony model is certainly a good shout.

Zhi describes the moments that led to him capturing the winning shot. “I studied white tailed kite behavior for three years before I got this close-up. It was a challenge to get the action, distance, lighting and angles of the individuals all right at the same time. He continues, “My passion is to capture that beauty and behavior and share it with people who don’t have time to see it in nature.”

(Image credit: Peter Shen – Audubon Photography Prize 2022)

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Peter Shen came first in the amateur category for his photo of western grebe carrying two chicks on her back while they carry a fish between their beaks. The well-timed photo is the perfect example of being in the right place at the right time and Shen describes the moment he got the shot as heart-pounding. It was taken using a 50.1 megapixel Sony A1 (opens in new tab) and the Sony 600mm f/4 lens (opens in new tab) with a Sony FE 1.4x teleconverter.

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