Check out some of our favorite photos from past National Wildlife photo contests. Each week we'll celebrate nature and wildlife from a different state. This week we're featuring Alabama wildlife!
Christopher Funk photographed a spring peeper perched on the edge of a pitcher plant at sunrise in a south Alabama bog using a Nikon D300 with a 105mm lens.
Pam Smith made this image of an early morning sunrise on Orange Beach, Alabama, using a Nikon D7000 with a 80-400mm lens.
Susie Jones photographed this bee busy collecting pollen during a walk in Brundidge, Alabama using a Canon EOS Rebel XT.
Christopher Funk writes, "while hunting tree frogs I saw a flash of red in the cattails, which turned out to be an unusual jumping spider for our area. These things are so cool to photograph with a macro lens." The Alabama resident used a Nikon D300 with a 150mm lens.
Scotty Lisenbe photographed this dolphin jumping off the Gulf Shores of Alabama using a Canon T3i with a 300mm lens.
Augusta Thurmond made this image of an Eastern box turtle in her Alabama backyard habitat using a Canon Powershot S51S. Read National Wildlife's Making Amends with Box Turtles.
Pam Smith photographed this moment in her Alabama backyard habitat using a Nikon D7000 with an 80-400mm lens. She writes, "The juvenile male ruby-throated hummingbirds were fueling up for the journey south with this fight happened. Even though we was being assaulted, the hummer on the bottom refused to give up his spot."
Tom Simpson made this photo at a pitcher plant bog in southern Alabama, where these very large Nephila spiders were abundant. The Georgia resident used a Canon 7D with a 700-200mm f/4 lens.
Photographer Kenneth H. Walters shared this image of an immature yellow-crowned night heron in Jefferson County, Alabama, "one of a small group of herons I've been photographing for several years." The Alabama resident used a Nikon D70 with a 300mm lens on a tripod.
Photographer George Ritchey writes, "This ancient roof collapse of a cave in northern Alabama allows a 100+ foot long shaft of light to penetrate the cavern for about 3 hours each day." The Alabama resident used a Sony DSLR A900 with a 28-75mm lens.
Beth Tattersall made this image of a hunting praying mantis in Mobile, Alabama. The local used a Canon T4i with a 90mm lens, 2x filter and extension tube. Read National Wildlife's How the Praying Mantis Hears.
Nature photographer J.L. Wooden writes, "making a couple boat trips down Alabama's Coosa River allowed me to quietly float close to the birds and get great shots of herons, egrets and snapping turtles undisturbed." The Wyoming resident used a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with a 100-400mm lens to photograph this great egret in flight. Can you spot the difference between Herons, Egrets and Cranes?
Julia Bartosh made this 2015 honorable mention image of an ice encased wild rose thorn during "a rare winter ice storm in Alabama." The Alabama resident used a Canon Rebel XS with a 50mm macro lens.
Beth Tattersall made this image of a blue dasher dragonfly in Mobile, Alabama. She writes, "Blue dashers are very common along the Gulf Coast and are very curious. They are easy to approach, and with a little patience can be coaxed into sitting in your hand." The Alabama resident used a Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR with a 90mm macro lens.
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