Hooded Merganser. Photo: Dorian Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon Photography Awards

Nom Nom: 22 Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On

The 2018 Audubon Photography Awards had its fill of food-themed submissions. These are some of our favorites.

Birds need to eat a lot to survive—a lot. All that flying around, foraging, and attracting a mate requires loads of energy, after all. For many birds, staying fueled up can mean eating anywhere from 5 percent to 35 percent of their body weight in food on a daily basis. Hummingbirds can eat a staggering 100 percent of their own bodyweight in nectar alone. Not even Joey Chestnut can compete with that kind of consumption. 

While some birds are pickier than others, the variety of foods avians eat is diverse, and there is no better reminder of that than sifting through the submissions for the Audubon Photography Awards every year. For the 2018 awards, fish, frogs, and lizards were all on the menu, as were starfish, sea urchin, and even duck. Below is a gallery of some of our favorite shots of birds and their meals. And if you haven't seen the 2018 APA winners or Top 100 images yet, be sure to check those out next. 

Least Bittern. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards

To learn more about the species featured here, be sure to check out our online Audubon Bird Guide or download our free Audubon Bird Guide app.

American Dippers. Photo: Joffe Nelson/Audubon Photography Awards
Ruddy Turnstone. Photo: Barb D'Arpino/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Pygmy-Owl. Photo: Pierre Cenerelli/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Egret. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
Peregrine Falcon and Common Grackle. Photo: Scott Dere/Audubon Photography Awards
Herring Gull. Photo: Christi Herman/Audubon Photography Awards
Selasphorus hummingbirds. Photo: Patty Reid/Audubon Photography Awards
Wood Stork. Photo: Francis Morgan/Audubon Photography Awards
Royal Flycatcher. Photo: Sue Dougherty/Audubon Photography Awards
Cooper's Hawk. Photo: Tara Tanaka/Audubon Photography Awards
Reddish Egret. Photo: Tim Timmis/Audubon Photography Awards
Hemprich's Hornbill. Photo: Kevin Vande Vusse/Audubon Photography Awards
Least Terns. Photo: Anja Trepper/Audubon Photography Awards
Vegetarian Finch. Photo: Michael Sandoz/Audubon Photography Awards
Reddish Egret. Photo: Scott Suriano/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Owl with Red-breasted Merganser. Photo: Matthew Booth/Audubon Photography Awards
Purple Gallinule. Photo: Tina Wright/Audubon Photography Awards
Greater Roadrunner. Photo: Barbara Baird/Audubon Photography Awards
Sanderling. Photo: Trish O'Keefe/Audubon Photography Awards
Atlantic Puffins. Photo: Krisztina Scheeff/Audubon Photography Awards
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