FIGHTING EGRETS

Great egrets, Ardea alba

These two egrets were fighting one morning above Budgewoi Lake. The aggressor on the left prevailed and the other turned and flew off. It seems common for the many egrets here to sort out their territory early in the morning before settling down for the day to catch fish on the lake’s broad sandbank.

Budgewoi Lake, New South Wales

Canon 7D Mk II, Canon L series 100–400 image stabilised 400mm, 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 400, white balance-auto, spot metering, underexposed by 0.67, handheld, photographed from a kayak

by Arthur Leo Roy, New South Wales