CROSS DRESSER

    GIANT CUTTLEFISH, SEPIA APAMA

    Male cuttlefish posture and fight to mate with females. Three large males surround what they think is a female in the foreground, but they’ve been deceived. It’s a smaller male mimicking a female to avoid confrontation and sneak up on females unnoticed. His concertinaed and patterned nearside lower arm gives his sex away.
    Whyalla, South Australia

    Nikon D810, Nikkor 16–35mm f/4 VRII, 1/125, f/16, ISO 250, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water

    Photo Credit: Matty Smith, New South Wales

    PLAY FIGHTING

    WESTERN GREY KANGAROOS, MACROPUS FULIGINOSUS

    The light was low in the wandoo bushland where I watched these young western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus). At this age, they often engagein play fighting where they throw their heads back, put their arms up and occasionally even kick. In between, they stop to have a scratch before starting again.

    Julimar, Western Australia

    Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM II, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 3200, handheld

    Photo Credit: Georgina Steytler, Western Australia

    THE COURTING GAME

    GREAT BOWERBIRD, CHLAMYDERA NUCHALIS

    A magical moment in time, capturing the courting game between these two beautiful
    birds, as the male great bowerbird used various trinkets to entice the female into the bower. It often seemed like the male looked to me to seek assurance on the selection process.

    Mount Carbine, Queensland

    Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 200–500, 1/200, f/5.6, ISO 640,
    Promaster CPL, Manfrotto Promaster tripod

    Photo Credit: Kim Borg, Queensland

    DEATH OF FUSILIER

    DARK-BANDED FUSILIER, PTEROCAESIO TILE

    Its red tailfin is the only visible sign of its struggle as a dark-banded fusilier (Pterocaesio tile) dies, engulfed in the tentacles of a predatory squid. Mirror-smooth, the under surface of the Banda Sea reflects every detail of this life and death, late-night drama.

    Wakatobi, Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Canon EOS 5DSR, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM, 1/90, f/8, ISO 100, twin Inon Z240 strobes, Nauticam underwater housing, handheld

    Photo Credit: Wade hughes FRGS, Western Australia

    CAUDAL LURING

    PILBARA DEATH ADDER, ACANTHOPHIS WELLSI

    This Pilbara death adder has perfectly positioned its white tail tip next to its face to mimic a worm or insect and attract unsuspecting prey. This behaviour is known as caudal luring and when coupled with perfect camoufl age makes up the main hunting technique of this incredible species.

    Pilbara, Western Australia

    Canon EOS M5, Canon 24–105 f/4L IS USM, 1/100, f/11, ISO 800, handheld using EF-M to EF adaptor

    Photo Credit: Nicolas Rakotopare, South Australia

    REVERED

    BRUMBY, EQUUS CABALLUS

    My fingers were numb, my viewfinder frozen. I took a moment to warm them as the blizzard continued and missed capturing the sudden commotion, stallion vs stallion. But he galloped towards me, victorious and wounded, and in that moment I saw the silver brumby of my childhood dreams.

    Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

    Olympus OMD EM5, M. Zuiko Olympus pro lens 40–150, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 640, handheld

    Photo Credit: Donna Crebbin, Victoria

    POSING BLACK-FRONTED DOTTERELS

    BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL, ELSEYORNIS MELANOPS

    These two black-fronted dotterels seemed to want to pose for me, but I think they might have had something else in mind.

    Charleville, Queensland

    Nikon D800, Nikon 500mm f/4.0 with 1.4 converter, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 500, tripod

    Photo Credit: Dan Giselsson, Queensland

    BABY CROCODILE REFLECTION

    FRESHWATER CROCODILE, CROCODYLUS JOHNSTONI

    Little freshwater crocodiles are commonly found floating in swimming holes in the Northern Territory at night. Approaching them can be difficult beacuse they are very shy, but this one stayed still long enough for me to take a quick photograph. I like the reflection on the surface because it momentarily confuses the viewer.

    Small public swimming hole, Northern Territory

    Canon EOS 5D Mk III, EF 16–35 f/2.8L II at 35 mm, 1/100, f/16, ISO 200, single Ikelite DS161, Ikelite 5D Mk III housing with Zen underwater 9-inch dome port, handheld

    Photo Credit: Nathan Litjens, Victoria

    YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO PREENING

    YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO, CALYPTORHYNCHUS FUNEREUS

    This female yellow-tailed black cockatoo roosts preening her feathers to perfection, displaying the technique of running her beak along worn tail feathers. Using the lower tree canopy for cover, I shot up through the foliage to the family of cockatoos roosting on a weathered tree.

    Blacksmiths Beach, New South Wales

    Nikon D810, 200–500mm, 1/400, f/7.1, ISO 320, handheld

    Photo Credit: Kirsten Woodforth, New South Wales

    THE POLLINATOR

    NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATER, PHYLIDONYRIS NOVAEHOLLANDIAE

    Honeyeaters are especially vulnerable when sipping nectar from large, tubular flowers. This New Holland honeyeater was heavily dusted with pollen from the flowers it had visited. I was amazed to capture the unique sunburst of pollen surrounding its head when it swiftly withdrew from the flax lily.

    Phillip Island, Victoria

    Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM EXT, 1/1250, f/6.3, ISO 800, handheld

    Photo Credit: Kim Wormald, Victoria

    BREATHE

    GREEN SEA TURTLE, CHELONIA MYDAS

    Photographing the sunset from the lagoon on Lady Elliot Island’s eastern side was a beautiful experience. Getting the right sky and tides is half the battle – then you need to fi nd a friendly green sea turtle. When everything comes together it creates a moment you will never forget.

    Lady Elliot Island, southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

    Canon 5D4, 14mm 2.8L, 1/200, f/11, ISO 800, flash 550EX, Aquatech surf housing and flash housing

    Photo Credit: Sean Scott, Queensland

    THE TUI BIRD

    TUI BIRD, PROSTHEMADERA NOVAESEELANDIAE

    At the start of a sunset walk around Lake Matheson, several tui birds were feeding among the flax plants in the late afternoon light. Luckily, they were more interested in their dinner than me, so I could change to my long lens and capture this image.

    Lake Matheson, New Zealand

    Canon 5D Mk III, Canon EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS USM, 1/250, f/8.0, ISO 1600, handheld

    Photo Credit: Peter Barrien, South Australia

    The AG Nature Photographer of the Year Awards are sponsored by Coral Expeditions.

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AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2018: Animal behaviour shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 12, 2018

The Animal Behaviour category asked for photographs of animals engaging in natural activities. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide (24 August – 11 November 2018 ) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (24 August to 27 January)