ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR (runner-up)
Out on the salt lake
Gary Steer, New South Wales
We found two emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) on Lake Gairdner, South Australia, that were, strangely, many kilometres from the nearest shoreline. The shallow water would have been far too salty for animals to drink and there was no vegetation whatsoever. The emus appeared to be foraging, perhaps for insects that were blown about by strong winds before falling, exhausted, onto the lake.
Lake Gairdner, South Australia
Canon EOS 5D MkII, Canon EF 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6L IS USM lens, 1/320, f10, ISO 100, aerial, handheld.