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.