Bird Photo Competition 3 2012 : Entry Number 164

Judges Comment

An unusual interaction between two very different birds captured with a strong 'line' connecting the subjects. The comical first impression belies the harsh reality of the situation.

Photographers Comment

On the ground was a Tern whose wing had apparently been severed by the large land crabs that roam the beach. The tern was in a great deal of pain and rolling around on the ground calling frantically. All the noise and movement attracted the attention of many of the other birds in the area, and eventually this Ibis decided to harass the poor injured tern. Eventually the Ibis had done enough bullying and moved on.