FROM CAPTIVATING KINGFISHERS to dreaming dunlins, the entries in this year’s Marwell Zoo’s annual photography competition left the judges spoilt for choice, say organisers. Thousands of photographs showcasing the best of British nature were entered in the zoo’s fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Categories open to professional, amateur and young photographers included Native Wildlife, Cute and Funny, and Marwell Wildlife Residents. The overall adult winner was Tom Way’s entry called Kingfisher Diving, which has won him a trip to Sweden with professional wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt.
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THIS SERENE GREY heron (Ardea cinerea) bathing in the Maldivian sun is one of many highly commended photographs entered in the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2013. Taken by junior photographer Emma Collins, this image will be displayed alongside other stunning shots of wildlife in action at a new outdoor exhibition at ZSL London Zoo. The competition’s seven categories, including Last Chance to See, Birds and the Bees, and Size Matters, gained thousands of entries from adult and junior photographers. The winning photographs in each category were awarded part of a £10,000 prize fund.
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Photo: Graham Hann
SOARING TEMPERATURES EARLIER this year have led to the highest number of Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) chicks to hatch at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge. July’s heatwave bought forward the laying season of the species, which resulted in the largest chick boom of Chilean flamingos at the Gloucestershire centre for more than 20 years.
KEEPERS AT BLACKPOOL Zoo have successfully hand-reared the only two Magellanic penguin chicks (Spheniscus magellanicus) in the UK. A group of these Near Threatened South American birds have been living at the zoo since 2009, but this is the first time chicks have been reared. The two chicks, named Gandalf and Pippin, hatched in May after keepers were forced to take the eggs from the nest as the first-time parents were neglecting them.
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NEWQUAY ZOO’S ONLY pair of the Critically Endangered blue-crowned laughingthrush (Garrulax courtoisi) have reared chicks for the first time. Over the past 12 months, the zoo’s Tropical House enclosure has been transformed to create a more faithful replica of the species’ preferred breeding environment. This has resulted in the pair producing and rearing nine healthy chicks over three clutches since May. Although the pair has attempted to rear chicks in the past, these are the first to survive.
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