Behind the Shot

How One Photographer Got Up Close and Personal With a Curious Loon

How One Photographer Got Up Close and Personal With a Curious Loon

— After a friendly tip, a canceled flight, and a rented bike, Liron Gertsman snapped this intimate shot of the inquisitive bird
How Lost Luggage Led to This Amazing Shot of an Atlantic Puffin

How Lost Luggage Led to This Amazing Shot of an Atlantic Puffin

— For photographer Ann Pacheco, the potentially trip-ruining mishap ended up being a blessing in disguise.
A Curious Owlet Peeks Out of Its Nest Box. A Vigilant Photographer Is Ready.

A Curious Owlet Peeks Out of Its Nest Box. A Vigilant Photographer Is Ready.

— Ashleigh Scully, 16, captured this shot of a curious young screech owl while doing her homework at the kitchen table. Here's how.
How a Photographer's Kind Heart Led to This Snowy Shot of a Killdeer

How a Photographer's Kind Heart Led to This Snowy Shot of a Killdeer

— By protecting the Killdeer's nest from harm, Melissa Groo was able to capture one parent's impressive devotion to its eggs.
A Rare Encounter With an Even Rarer Bird

A Rare Encounter With an Even Rarer Bird

— How Noppadol Paothong captured the one-and-only prairie chicken “Sampson” up close.
Thanks to Mom, a Photographer Finally Gets His Dream Shot

Thanks to Mom, a Photographer Finally Gets His Dream Shot

— Here, Peter Mather shares the story behind this long-sought image of a Bald Eagle and two eaglets.
 How Photographer Mac Stone Got This Shot of Burrowing Owls

How Photographer Mac Stone Got This Shot of Burrowing Owls

— Hint: A lot of time, a little technology—and a plain old road cone.