MDAS 2023 Photo Contest

The 3rd MDAS Photo Contest is ON!

After a year hiatus, the MDAS Photo Contest is back! Do you have hundreds, maybe thousands, of bird photos trapped in bulging folders in your computer? Well, those great shots aren’t going to admire themselves sitting there in the dark, so bust out the best (or worst) and enter them in our Second Annual Mt Diablo Audubon Photo Contest! Open to MDAS members only except for Youth category which is open to anyone under the age of 18.
Surely you’ve got some shots that one or more of these 6 categories:

  1. California Birds: Photos taken in-state.
  2. International Birds: Favorites from your trips abroad.
  3. Birds in Action: flight, fight or just having a bath, for example.
  4. Birds Eating: birds dining on seeds, berries, algae, bugs, (fish, frogs, lizards? snakes??)
  5. Youth: We’d especially like to encourage young people 8-17 to enter, and they need not be members. Any type of bird photo can be submitted in this category.
  6. Worst Bird Photo EVER: We KNOW you’ve got a couple of these! Losers you still didn’t delete for some reason. Extra points for humor.

This is a casual, friendly competition; no special equipment or professional skills required (but use ‘em if you got ‘em). Pictures can be taken anywhere in California, on any date. Deadline is May 14. Winners and runners-up will be shared at the June members’ meeting and in the Quail.

CLICK HERE to see Official Rules and entry link.

2021 MDAS Photo Contest Winners


Upcoming Field Trips

Feb 04

MDAS Field Trip — Thornton Area/Cosumnes Preserve

FEBRUARY 4 @ 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Birding Cosumnes Preserve and the Thornton Area Saturday, February 4, 8:45 AM-2 PM Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, hawks and grassland birds. Trip will go in light rain. Bring lunch and a beverage. If questions, call the leader. Hike rating: 1 – Easy. Elevation change: Minor Distance: Depending on the route decided. Co-Leaders: Ethan Chickering, 925-890-3833 […]

Terminous CA
Feb 11

MDAS Field Trip — Shollenberger Park/Ellis Creek — Rescheduled!

FEBRUARY 11 @ 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Shollenberger Park/Ellis Creek, Petaluma Saturday, February 11, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Rescheduled from January 14) Both sites are good for wintering waders, shorebirds, waterfowl and a few raptors. Hike rating: 2 – moderate Elevation change: minor Meet: Access point to Shollenberger Park behind the Point Blue parking lot. Leader: Sandy Ritchie (925) 381-2514 Directions: […]

Petaluma CA
Feb 18

MDAS Field Trip — Bodega Bay

FEBRUARY 18 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Bodega Bay Saturday, February 18, 9:30-3:00 Both sites are good for wintering waders, shorebirds, waterfowl and a few raptors. Hike rating: 1-Easy Elevation change: N/A Meet: Porto Bodega Marina, Leader: Maureen Lahiff, , 510-484-6529 Directions: Take US 101 north to Petaluma. Exit at Washington and head SW. Washington becomes Bodega Ave, which becomes Petaluma-Valley Ford Rd, […]

Bodega Bay CA
Feb 21

MDAS Field Trip — Sunol Regional Park — CANCELLED

FEBRUARY 21 @ 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2023 due to potentially hazardous road and trail conditions after the recent torrential rains. We hope to go birding at Sunol next year. Sunol Regional Park Tuesday, February 21 8:30 AM -12:30 PMGolden Eagles and other raptors, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Dipper, and Canyon and Rock Wrens are possible. NOTE: The […]

Sunol CA
Feb 22

MDAS Field Trip — Walnut Creek Parks

FEBRUARY 22 @ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Walnut Creek Parks Wednesday, February 22, 8:30 AM-1 PM Starting in Heather Farm Park, we will walk around the large, mostly natural pond, birding along the way. We will visit one or two other parks within the city, to be determined the day of the trip. Rating: Category 2-Moderate Elevation change: None Leader: Hugh Harvey Meet: The […]

Walnut Creek CA