21 incredible pictures from the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021
Swoop in on the spectactular finalists for this year's photography contest.
Now in its 6th year, the Bird Photographer of the Year competition saw over 22,000 entries from 73 different countries all competing for the grand prize.
As well as gifting us a flock of spectacular images, the world’s premier bird photography contest is a strong supporter of conservation, providing financial support for grassroots projects through their charity partner Birds on the Brink.
The winners of the competition will be announced on 1 September 2021. Until then, you can fly over to their website for even more great snaps.
Any food left, Mum?
(No) social distancing
Playing with your food
A Hippo makeover
In for the kill
Could this be love?
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Bambi and friend
I wish I could fly
I'll show you how it's done
Mind the gap
Is it a plane? Is it Superman? No, it's a bird
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs