The world’s rarest birds photo competition
These pictures reveal some of the world’s rarest birds. The shots were captured by photographers who traveled to some of the most remote places on the planet, spending weeks behind the lens. They are all winning entries in an international competition to secure images of the 566 most threatened birds on Earth.
Pictured is a Kakapo by Shane McInnes, winner of the Critically Endangered or Extinct in the Wild category
Runner-up in the same category went to Sávio Freire Bruno, with a captivating photo of a Brazilian Merganser with ducklings.
In third place was David Boyle, with a fantastic image of a Christmas Island Frigatebird in flight.
4th prize, Critically Endangered or Extinct in the Wild category: Forest Owlet by Dr Jayesh K Joshi, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, India.
5th place, Critically Endangered or Extinct in the Wild category: Palila (male) by Eric VanderWerf, Hawaii.
For more information on the World’s Rarest Bird Competition see: http://www.theworldsrarestbirds.com/en/about-photo-competition.html