Shine light on our beau­ti­ful rivers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Swan River -

THIS os­prey’s cu­rios­ity about Man­ning res­i­dent Paul Ful­wood’s cam­era paid off with an amaz­ing photo.

Mr Ful­wood now en­joys kayak­ing from Sal­ter Point to Shel­ley Bridge and takes his cam­era with him to get pho­tos of the birdlife, but be­fore he kayaked, he walked through the bush to try to get close to the birds.

After some failed at­tempts, he de­cided to set up a GoPro cam­era, which took about 10,000 pho­tos over 10 days.

“I scrolled through the pho­tos and had cap­tured crows sit­ting on the cam­era and around it, willy-wag tails and os­prey,” he said.

Mr Ful­wood then en­tered one of his pho­tos into the Swan River Trust photo com­pe­ti­tion.

“The photo I chose I thought was the best be­cause it was so sharp and the bird was look­ing straight at the lens. I also like how the branch it is sit­ting on looks like an ex­ten­sion of the log on the ground and so you can’t tell the size of the bird,” he said.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob is en­cour­ag­ing river users to en­ter this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“Our Swan and Can­ning rivers are icons of Perth’s en­vi­ron­ment and the source of much cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion,” he said.

“This pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture your view of what is im­por­tant about th­ese won­der­ful wa­ter­ways.”

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