Bird Art - Gary Cook

Female Cardinal Contortionist

This shot captures the amazing wing beat of birds in flight. Our eyes are unable to follow the wing movement in detail and high-speed photography is needed to freeze the wing motion. It’s amazing how far the wings actually beat, giving the impression of contortionism to the female Cardinal in this shot. This particular image was short-listed for 2017 Bird Photographer of the year, and was featured in an article by the Daily Mail national newspaper in the U.K. The image has been published by William Collins Books in the 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year, available in hardback only