JUVENILE AUSTRALIAN FAIRY TERN

THREATENED SPECIES  - Winner

AUSTRALIAN FAIRY TERN, STERNULA NEREIS NEREIS

STATUS: VULNERABLE

As I lay on the beach, these young fairy terns became so comfortable with my presence that some landed very close to me. Their habit of nesting on the beach makes this beautiful species extremely vulnerable to the activities of 4WD vehicles and predation by feral animals.

Woodman Point, Western Australia

Canon EOS-1DX, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + Canon EF Extender 1.4X, 1/2500, f/5.6 (exposure bias of +1), ISO 1000, handheld

by Georgina Steytler, Western Australia