Amazing Bird Photo Shows a Mother’s Love

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Contrary to what Laura might have implied yesterday, I'm not anti-bird. And to prove it, I present to you one of the finalists in the Natural World category of Smithsonian magazine's 8th Annual Photo Contest. The photographer, Ho Sung Wee, captured this moment, titled "Mother's Love," in an orchard near his home in Banting, Malaysia. These birds come to the orchards in Banting to build their nests and lay eggs, and when the baby birds are born, their moms are careful to feed them and protect them from strangers, the photographer wrote. (And if anyone can identify the species, I'd love to know.)

Voting is now open for the Reader's Choice Award, and the winner of that category—along with the Grand Prize winners chosen by Smithsonian editors—will be announced July 1, 2011. If you've captured your own amazing image, consider entering it into the 9th annual photo contest, which is open for submissions until December 1, 2011.

And if you want a sneak peak into how the winners are chosen, check out "Smithsonian Spotlight: Picture Perfect" on the Smithsonian Channel.

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