Photographer Kathrin Swoboda frequents Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria in search of red-wing blackbirds as they sing. On a cold morning back in 2019, she captured the conspicuous avians mid-tune, an activity that produced what appears to be smoke rings emanating from their beaks. The frigid temperatures make the hazy formations of condensation visible, and the serendipitous shot won the top prize in that year’s Audubon Photography Awards.
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Prints of the breathy birds, in addition to more of Swoboda’s wildlife images, are available on her site, and she also has a few works on view at Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Vienna Community Center in Virginia. Follow her outdoor adventures on Instagram. (via Women’s Art)