Nel­son’s best bird pho­tos an­nounced

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - HAN­NAH BARTLETT

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.

ANNE WEB­BER

Peo­ple’s Choice for the na­tive bird cat­e­gory, Anne Web­ber, cap­tured a pied stilt.

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