Black-winged Stilt. Ban Pak Thale, Petchaburi Province, Thailand
"My wife and I were completing a 10-day birding excursion through western Thailand with an early morning stop at the salt pans of Pak Thale," says Christopher Adler. "We had observed a spoon-billed sandpiper in the salt pans the previous two mornings, and had hoped for one last look. While slogging along muddy embankments I was struck by the serene pose of this sole black-winged stilt, reflected in the glassy salt water."
Photograph by Michael Milicia
Northern Gannet. Bonaventure Island, off the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec
"Bonaventure Island has become the largest northern gannet breeding colony in the world. The nests are very densely packed, and when adults return from sea to feed their chicks, they have to do whatever they can to slow themselves down and make a pinpoint landing," says Micael Milicia. "This gave me the opportunity to capture many interesting images with dramatic wing positions."
Photograph by Bradley Bush
Ross's Goose, Snow Goose. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
"This shot was taken in mid-afternoon, as I was walking along a road at the refuge," says Bradley Bush. "Large flocks of Ross’s and snow geese were foraging in the nearby fields. I shot this image when one flock broke through the trees on their way to another grain field. Although this was spectacular to see, what I remember most were the sounds, in particular the sounds of a thousand wing beats when a large flock lifted off. It’s an amazing experience—something everyone should witness."