Edge of extinction

THREATENED SPECIES – Runner-up

With less than 30 birds left in the wild, there seems to be little hope for the stunning Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster). I flew to Tasmania to photograph these birds on their breeding grounds. It was an amazing experience to have photographed such a rare bird posed on an elegant perch.

Melaleuca, Tasmania

Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon EF 600mm L IS USM lens, Canon EF 1.4 II extender , 1/500, f7.1, ISO 1250; Gitzo 3541LS tripod; Wimberley Head II

Status: The Orange-bellied Parrot is listed as Critically Endangered.

by Jan Wegener, Victoria