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  • Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner

    Blue-faced Honeyeater, Noisy Miner.   Photographer: Murray Chambers

  • Grey Currawong

    Grey Currawong.   Photographer: Gunther Frensch

  • Red-capped Plover

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Great Cormorant

    Great Cormorant.   Photographer: Jill Wilson

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Adam Higgins

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.

The most photographed species was the Crested Pigeon.  Most images displayed an appreciation of the subtle tones of the underparts in particular.  Curved crests, fluffed feathers and interesting Crested Pigeon behaviours were successfully captured in many entries.  Technically, many of the images showed good approaches to using light.

The entries showed a good range of behaviours – perching, drinking, sunning, wing-stretch, flight, feeding, bathing, preening and allopreening.  Many of these effectively captured the jizz of the species concerned.

Our Mystery Reviewer for the Open category of the Our Iconic Parrots competition has chosen to reveal his identity - he is Ofer Levy.  In this competition he has chosen four images to review.

I commend all entrants for accepting the challenge in this first Entry Level competition for 2015.  Clearly, there is a range of technical expertise, which is to be expected in this category.  Two images were the stand-outs for me and one of these, Image #14717 was the clear winner in terms of its compositional elements and technical expertise.  A close second was Image #14467 followed by three other commended images; #14481, #14822 and #14482.

A theme such as behaviour has so many facets that it can be difficult to single-out one specific behaviour, which captures the viewer’s attention.  After considerable deliberation I congratulate the owner of image #15727 as the winner for this competition, followed closely by image #15684, which is highly commended for its overall composition.  Three images, #15589, #15628 and #15630, are to be commended.

Congratulations to the photographers who captured the images in this category of the competition.  Taking the theme for this competition into consideration and looking for a behaviour that is more difficult to capture, the winning entry is Image #15682.  Four other images, #15712, #15681, #15824, and #15680, are commended.


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