Birds Of A Feather, Photograph Together

The 2017 Audubon Photography Awards are in, and the winners are a real hoot.

Photography—it’s not just for the birds!

Earlier this month, the Audubon Society announced the winners of their annual Photography Awards. The results are a stunning display of birds and bird behavior, from baby oystercatchers to battling bald eagles to a very hungry puffin.

You should check out the rest of the best over on the Audubon Society’s site, but we’ve compiled some our favorites for your…er…birdwatching pleasure.

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Gentoo Penguins. Photo: Deborah Albert/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Grand Prize Winner

Varied Thrush. Photo: Heather Roskelley/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Amateur Winner

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Great Gray Owl. Photo: Steve Mattheis/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Professional Winner

Southern Carmine Bee-eaters. Photo: Zachary Webster/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Youth Winner

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese. Photo: Karen R. Schuenemann/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Professional Honorable Mention

Black Vulture. Photo: Will Hilscher/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Youth Honorable Mention

Mute Swans. Photo: Christopher Schlaf/Audubon Photography Awards/2017 Amateur Honorable Mention

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