The Gift

    Fairy tern, Sternula nereis

    Status: Vulnerable

    Fairy terns are struggling to find suitable habitat for breeding in Western Australia, which impacts on the number of birds breeding each year. It was pleasing to see this male offering a fish to the female in exchange for the opportunity to mate and hopefully produce the next generation.

    Rous Head, Western Australia

    Nikon D7200, Nikkor 80-400 4.5-5.6, 1/6400, f/7.1, ISO 500, Hoya UV filter, camera and lens resting on mat at ground level

    Photo Credit: Gary Meredith, Western Australia

    Incoming Orange

    Orange-bellied parrot, Neophema chrysogaster

    Status: Critically endangered

    A birding trip to Melaleuca, the summer breeding ground of one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species – the orange-bellied parrot – is an emotional rollercoaster. May these endearing Australian icons forever animate the windswept wild lands of Tasmanian’s south-west with their buzzing calls and blazing colours.

    Melaleuca, Tasmania

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Canon 500 mm f4 II, 1/4000, f/8, ISO 1600, tripod, pattern metering, manual exposure, autofocus, burst mode

    Photo Credit: Matthew Jones, New South Wales

    Coming In For a Drink

    Grey-headed flying fox, Pteropus poliocephalus

    Status: Vulnerable

    These grey-headed flying foxes can be seen skimming the water in order to lick the water from their chests, mainly when it hasn’t rained for some time or in extreme temperatures. They are fascinating creatures. This photo was taken at the bat camp on the Parramatta River in Parramatta.

    Parramatta River, Paramatta, New South Wales

    Nikon D500, 200-500 mm, focal length 500 mm, 1/1250, f/7.1, ISO 720

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Howell, New South Wales

    Thunderclap

    Conondale spiny crayfish, Euastacus hystricosus

    Status: Endangered

    The conondale spiny crayfish (Euastacus hystricosus) is an endangered species of freshwater crayfish found only in pristine mountain streams west of Brisbane. They exhibit a frightening defensive behavior – raising their claws to appear even larger and then slamming them together with enough force to likely crack my lens. Thunderclap!

    Conondale Range, Queensland

    Nikon D800E, Nikon 16 mm f/2.8 AF fisheye, 1/200, f/11, ISO 160, Nikon SB-900 flash, handheld

    Photo Credit: Scott Trageser, United States of America

    Red Eye

    Lord Howe woodhen, Hypotaenidia sylvestris

    Status: Endangered

    From the brink of extinction, this species is recovering thanks to years of hard work by passionate people. Their intense red eye is a striking beacon amidst their drab brown plumage.

    Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

    Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, EF 100-400 mm f4.5-5.6L IS II at 312mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 800

    Photo Credit: David Stowe, New South Wales

    Manta pit stop

    Reef manta ray, Manta alfredi

    Status: Vulnerable

    The mantas cruise back and forth in the current line feeding. On this occasion the current was not too strong, the underwater visibility was good and this manta stopped right in front of my camera port for a clean.

    Manta Station, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

    Nikon D610, Tokina AT-X107 DX fisheye 10-17 mm f3.5-4.5, 1/200, f/10, ISO 200, two external strobes INON D2000 set to manual fired via fibre optic, Nexus camera housing with dome port, handheld

    Photo Credit: Phil Woodhead, Queensland

    Wandering Albatross

    Wandering albatross, Diomedea exulans

    Status: Vulnerable

    The wandering albatross’ huge wingspan is perfectly designed for catching the updraft from the ocean. Steadying myself as the boat rocked from side to side to photograph the magnificent bird in flight proved rather more difficult. Classified as vulnerable, longline fishing is believed to be a main cause of its decline.

    Kaikoura, New Zealand

    Canon EOS-1D Mk III, Canon EF70-300 mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 500, handheld

    Photo Credit: Trevor Penfold, New Zealand

    Cute as Buttons

    Numbat, Myrmecobius fasciatus

    Status: Endangered

    A young numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) takes a morning stroll through the button flowers. There are less than 1000 numbats left in Australia and serious efforts need to be made to ensure their survival. Predation by feral cats is the number one threat to numbats in the wild today.

    Dryandra woodland, Western Australia

    Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, Canon EF 100-400 mm f4.5-5.6L IS, focal length 400 mm, 1/400, f/8, ISO 500, handheld, -0.3 step exposure bias

    Photo Credit: Rob McLean, Western Australia

    Feeding Time

    Short-billed black-cockatoo, Zanda latirostris

    Status: Endangered

    A Carnaby’s black cockatoo gives food and comfort to a hungry youngster. These charismatic birds, native to the south-west of Western Australia, are declining in numbers due to the loss of habitat and are more frequently coming into urban areas in search of food.

    Coodanup, Western Australia

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, 400 mm, 1/3200, f/6.3, ISO 6400, handheld

    Photo Credit: Cherilyn Corker, Western Australia

AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2017: Threatened species shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 9, 2017

In this category, we asked for photos of flora or fauna that have been deemed threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered. This shortlist is a reminder of how many beautiful animals face extinction if we do not act. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide (11 August to 24 September) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (11 August to 10 December)