Bird Watching (UK) - - Parting Shot - Ex­clu­sive on­line con­tent To see other com­pe­ti­tion win­ners’ en­tries visit bird­watch­ing.co.uk/ wildlifepho­tos

Ganesh H Shankar, of In­dia, was win­ner of the Bird Cat­e­gory in the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. Here, he ex­plains the shot he man­aged to beau­ti­fully cap­ture... “Th­ese In­dian Rose-ringed Para­keets had re­turned to their roost­ing and nest­ing hole high up in a tree in In­dia’s Ke­o­ladeo Na­tional Park to find that a Ben­gal Mon­i­tor Lizard had taken up res­i­dence. The birds im­me­di­ately set about try­ing to evict the squat­ter – they bit the lizard’s tail, hang­ing on for a cou­ple of sec­onds at a time, un­til it re­treated into the hole. “They would then ha­rass it when it tried to come out to bask. It went on for two days but the ac­tion only lasted a cou­ple of sec­onds at a time and was fast-mov­ing. The branch was also high up, and I had to shoot against the light.” Ganesh said that the birds did even­tu­ally give up and left, pre­sum­ably to try to find another place to rear their young.” In Europe, th­ese birds are known as Ring-necked Para­keets, and they com­pete for nest holes with some na­tive species, such as Nuthatch, and even bats, but in turn, other birds such as Star­lings evict the para­keets from their nest holes. For more great com­pe­ti­tion im­ages, visit our web­site at bird­watch­ing.co.uk/wildlifepho­tos

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