Nelson’s best bird photos announced
A council photo competition has taken flight with nearly a hundred images showing Nelson’s birdlife submitted.
Nelson city councillor Brian McGurk had the peck of bunch, selecting winners for the main prize in each category.
The competition coincided with the beginning of the national Great Kereru¯ Count, which saw people record sightings of New Zealand’s native pigeon.
Nelson-Tasman featured as one of the top regions for sightings of the bird, alongside Wellington, Auckland, and Dunedin.
The Nelson City Council invited photos of all native birds, but images of kereru¯ were given their own category.
McGurk gave the top prize to Andy Underwood, and highly commended to Christian Mairoll.
‘‘It was hard to choose between these two.
‘‘I loved the colours and light in Christian’s image, but Andy’s shot had such great focus. The eye was very sharp and the composition very simple but effective, and the bird looks so inquisitive,’’ McGurk said.
‘‘There were some amazing shots and it’s wonderful to see people getting out and photographing our native birds in their natural habitats.’’
The winner of the other native bird category was Vibeke Friis with a photo of a tui.
‘‘This image just blew me away. The colours, the composition and the light are all fantastic. The image is sharp and clear, just a wonderful shot.’’
The prize winners were awarded self-filling bird feeders for their efforts.
There were also People’s Choice awards, judged on Facebook, where Andy Underwood was recognised for another two photos of kereru¯ alongside Sarah Allsopp.
The native bird category saw a photo of a pied stilt by Anne Webber, a tui by Ann Becconsall, and a kea by Andrea Warn, selected as favourites by the voting public.
People’s Choice winners were awarded wooden hanging bird feeders.
Submitted images can be viewed on the Nelson City Council Facebook page.
People’s Choice for the native bird category, Anne Webber, captured a pied stilt.