Southern Giant Petrels fight over the right to feed on a carcass


A nearby dead Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella) has attracted many giant petrels to this Antarctic beach. The most dominant petrel will get his fill first, but he must take time away from feeding to exert his dominance on interlopers. The fights are raucous and vicious as the birds vie for their next meal.
Nikon D200, AF-S Nikkor 70–200mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, 1/2000, f8.0, ISO 400; tripod

by Gary Miller, Western Australia