Several of this year’s Audubon-Photography-Award-winning photos feature birds interacting with fluids. The Grand Prize Winner, by Joanna Lentini, features a diving double-crested cormorant. Like many other species, these cormorants launch themselves into shallow waters from above and endure some incredible forces to do so. They’re no slackers underwater, either; when I encountered a flightless cormorant while snorkeling in the Galapagos, it outswam me in an instant.
The other prize winners above are a little more splashy. The American dipper’s splash curtain comes from sticking its head underwater in search of prey. The Anna’s hummingbird seen in the last image is playing in the spray of a fountain and showing off its aerial agility while doing so! (Image credits: cormorant – J. Lentini, dipper – M. Fuller-Morris, hummingbird – B. Ghosh; via DPReview; submitted by Kam-Yung Soh)