Flights, fights, and funnies as Bird Photographer of the Year 2023 is awarded

A female Peregrine Falcon fiercely protects her young, attacking anything that comes near the nest. For four years, I attempted to capture these rare moments of her attacking large Brown Pelicans.
Female Peregrine Falcon protecting her nest from a Brown Pelican. This image won the overall prize in the Bird Photographer of the Year 2023 (Image credit: © Jack Zhi / Bird Photographer of the Year 2023)

The prestigious Bird Photographer of the Year competition this year attracted over 20,000 entries, all hoping for the $6,327 / £5,000 / AU$9,777 grand prize. The winner, announced today, was Jack Zhi, from the USA, who captured a dramatic image of a high-speed chase between a Peregrine Falcon protecting its young from a large Brown Pelican.

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