Eye for a bird
Fergus's favourite place to be is in the Scottish Cairngorms in winter. 'I have such respect for the animals that survive here, especially ptarmigan.' Alert to danger but relying on its camouflage to keep safe, this ptarmigan watched Fergus's every move as, having spotted the bird's head, Fergus crept up a mountain slope, climbed over a ridge, traversed down it and then crawled through a rock field to get to a vantage point where he could start taking pictures. The ptarmigan stayed put for half an hour and then suddenly turned and faced the afternoon sun. 'I love the simplicity,' says Fergus, 'the subtle light caught in his eye and the hint of red wattle above.'
Nikon D300 + 500mm f4 lens; 1/400 sec at f5.6; ISO 400.
Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
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Fergus Gill, United Kingdom
Fergus started taking photographs at the age of nine, carrying a camera around to record nature near his home in rural Scotland. At 14, he won first prize in his age category in this competition, and in 2009 was awarded the young grand title. He concentrates on photographing the wildlife near his home.