Wink! Burrowing Owl. Photo: Lou Staunton/Audubon Photography Awards

Every year our Audubon Photography Awards produce a wealth of incredible images—and 2017 was no exception. In addition to this year's APA winners, we've already highlighted our usual gallery of the Top 100 photos, as well as a round-up of the more interesting bird behaviors this year's participants captured. If you haven't checked them out yet, you definitely should. 

But as we go through the thousands of submissions each year, common themes also emerge. These related photos don't necessarily capture a rare moment or even need explanation, but they make us smile nonetheless. We had several such themes pop up this year, including this collection of close-up bird shots. They made us laugh, so we thought we'd share. Hopefully you find them as entertaining as we did. Enjoy! 

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