Survival of the fittest – oystercatcher chicks

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR – Runner-up

It was an overcast, wet and miserable morning as I crawled commando-style across the wet beach. The two chicks battled endlessly, neither one wanting to give in to the other; meanwhile, the third chick made the most of being fed by both parents.
Stewart Island, New Zealand
Canon EOS 1D MkIII, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens + 1.4x extender II (700mm), 1/400, f7.1, ISO 800; handheld

by Trevor Penfold, Raglan, New Zealand