King­fisher win­ner

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

The peo­ple have spo­ken – you can’t beat a king­fisher gob­bling a crab.

Whitby res­i­dent Charles Jarvie’s pho­to­graph, which had won the Na­ture cat­e­gory of Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let’s an­nual photo competition, was also voted top over­all in Kapi-Mana News’ Read­ers Choice Award.

Read­ers were asked to vote, via email or on Face­book, for their favourite of the four cat­e­gory win­ners from the Guardians con­test.

Jarvie topped the votes, fol­lowed by Brent Higham’s Pau­ata­hanui land­scape.

Jarvie re­ceived $300 worth of movie tick­ets and bar tab at Light House Pau­ata­hanui, fit­tingly not far from where he snapped the prize pic­ture in the es­tu­ary wet­lands.

He says king­fish­ers love to linger on the sub-frame of an old hide and can of­ten be caught en­joy­ing a din­ner of crab.

‘‘You see [crab] legs fly­ing about – it can be quite grue­some.’’

Jarvie ad­mires the king­fisher for its smarts and con­sid­ers him­self a ‘‘keen hob­by­ist’’ when it comes to pho­tog­ra­phy, en­joy­ing the an­tic­i­pa­tion and valu­ing the pa­tience needed to pro­duce a cracker pic­ture.

Run­ner-up Brent Higham, from Ti­tahi Bay, won a $150 meal voucher from Duck Creek Cafe. The vot­ers’ prize – a $100 North City voucher – went to Jo Sale of Whitby. Congratulations to all the win­ners and thanks to the prize spon­sors.

Fi­nal votes: Charles Jarvie (Na­ture) – 16; Brent Higham ( Scenic Im­pres­sions) – 10; Melissa Feint (Re­cre­ation) – 7; Clive Morris (Hu­man Im­pact) – 5.

Peo­ple’s choice: Pho­tog­ra­phy ‘‘hob­by­ist’’ Charles Jarvie with Light House Pau­ata­hanui man­ager Natalie Coe. In­set: His win­ning im­age.

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