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  • Australian Shelduck

    Australian Shelduck.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Red-capped Plover

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Chestnut Teal

    Chestnut Teal.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Little Pied Cormorant

    Little Pied Cormorant.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Great Cormorant

    Great Cormorant.   Photographer: Jill Wilson

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.

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.

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