(Coot, Fulica atra) Der­byshire, Eng­land

NPhoto - - Lightbox - An­drew Parkin­son

These fan­tas­ti­cally charis­matic birds are a joy to work with. They are feisty for 12 months of the year, but this be­hav­iour usu­ally peaks at the be­gin­ning of the breed­ing sea­son when ter­ri­to­ries are be­ing es­tab­lished.

Clock­wise from top left: Nikon D3s, 600mm f/4, 1/600 sec, f/6.3, ISO800; Nikon D3s, 600mm f/4, 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO400; Nikon D2x, 500mm f/4, 1/6000 sec, f/4, ISO400; Nikon D300, 200-400mm f/4, 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO500

The Bri­tish Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards are open to both pro­fes­sional and ama­teur pho­tog­ra­phers from any coun­try, and the 15 cat­e­gories in­clude a film cat­e­gory and two ju­nior ones for young pho­tog­ra­phers. There is a book and tour­ing exhibition of each year’s short­listed en­tries. Next year’s con­test opens in Fe­bru­ary 2017. For de­tails, please visit www.bw­pawards.co.uk

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