Premium Competition 2011 Q3
Winning Photo

Judges Comment

Amongst the many animal and flower photos we see, this one stands out as an animal, a sculpture and - almost - a flower. It's well-composed and cropped to show us strictly what is the essence.

Photographers Comment

This was taken at the Dallas Aquarium. I shoot with a Canon 7d and I think this was shot using my sigma 70-200 f/2.8. I took a few frames of this one particular bird, but his eyes were closed. This was just as he opened his eyes and was then startled by another bird and ran off.