THREATENED SPECIES - Winner
AUSTRALIAN FAIRY TERN, STERNULA NEREIS NEREIS
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, handheldby Georgina Steytler, Western Australia