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  • Yellow White-eye

    Yellow White-eye.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Little Egret, Plumed Whistling-Duck

    Little Egret, Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Sooty Oystercatcher

    Sooty Oystercatcher.   Photographer: Dick Jenkin

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

  • Hoary-headed Grebe

    Hoary-headed Grebe.   Photographer: Andrew Browne

Winner: Mulga Parrot - Gunther Frensch (Image #19168).

The sharpness, lighting and engaging pose of this Mulga Parrot combine to create an exquisite image that would not be out of place in a higher category. An added feature is the way the background colours complement the colours of the parrot.

Winner: Eastern Great Egret - Karen Emery (Image #18715).

A striking image of an Eastern Great Egret with its dinner, executed sharply against a clean background. Perfect composition. The vignetting has maximised attention on the bird and the fish. However, if anything, I would reduce it slightly to create a more natural effect.

Winner: Eastern Rosella - Glenn Pure (Image #18560)

This is a stunning image of a beautiful bird in an interesting pose. It engages the viewer. There is an even light across the bird and each feather is sharply defined. The background is blurred making the bird stand out. The only drawback is that the image is tightly cropped and would benefit from having more space.

Note: For this competition, I have discounted photos of birds with bright colours or significant markings; I'm being strict with my interpretation of "little brown jobs".

Winner:  Buff-rumped Thornbill - Glenn Pure (Image #17746)

This is sharply focused, has appealing eye contact and excellent feather detail. The Buff-rumped Thornbill photo has clearly captured the essence of an LBJ.

Note: For this competition, I have discounted photos of birds with bright colours or significant markings; I'm being strict with my interpretation of "little brown jobs".

Winner:  Dusky Robin - Michael Brown (Image # 17791).

This is a good photograph of a typical LBJ. The Dusky Robin is well focused, facing the photographer and has a catch light in the eye.

The general standard of the 55 entries is very good.  Selecting a winning entry and highly commended entries was very challenging.

Highlights include many images in which the whole bird is sharply delineated, is shown in its habitat, is shown carrying out interesting behaviours and is true to the species’ jizz.

Arranging the birds attractively in the picture space seems to have been quite a challenge.

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