A living dinosaur

INTERPRETIVE

This is an image of a Southern Giant Petrel mantling and asserting dominance over a carcass. This bird moved in with the raw presence of a gunslinger oblivious to a wary audience of King Penguins. It is an evocative and primordial pose reminiscent of its long-extinct raptor relatives.

Gold Harbour, South Georgia

Canon 1D MkIII, Canon 70–200mm f4 at 160mm, 1/320, f8, ISO 100

by Graham Morgan, New South Wales