Brown Goshawk standoff

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR – Winner

I was lying beside a small gravel scrape photographing the many birds coming in to drink in the heat of the day. A male Goshawk landed close to another and they immediately began to size one another up. As this escalated to wing lifting, I squeezed off a series of shots before the left-hand bird relented and moved away. The entire confrontation, resolved without contact, lasted less than two seconds!

Near Broome, Western Australia

Canon EOS 40D, 500mm IS f4, 1/400, f8, ISO 250

by Rohan Clarke, Victoria