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  • Australasian Gannet (Image ID 20331)

    Australasian Gannet.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Australian Shelduck (Image ID 20536)

    Australian Shelduck.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Image ID 31024)

    Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Caspian Tern (Image ID 32499)

    Caspian Tern.   Photographer: Jill Wilson

  • Hoary-headed Grebe (Image ID 36064)

    Hoary-headed Grebe.   Photographer: Rodger Scott

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Mystery Reviewer Critiques

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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.

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.

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