Eastern reef egret, Egretta sacra

One morning at sunrise I noticed this eastern reef egret standing in the shallow rock pools. As I was admiring the beautiful warm light, the egret suddenly flicked a fish out of the water and caught it in its beak. It then stood proudly displaying its catch before swallowing the fish whole.

Lady Elliot Island, Queensland

Sony ILCE-6000, Sony FE 70–200mm F4 G OSS, 1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 200, handheld

by Jack McKee, Queensland. Age 17