Study in mud
Laurent was watching the flamingos in a small swamp when one bird took a break from feeding and lifted its head to take a breath. For a fleeting moment, the mud clung to its face and neck, allowing Laurent to capture this image before the dark slime dripped off.
The lagoons and marshes of the French Camargue are home to around 20,000 greater flamingos. To feed, they stick their heads into the gloop and walk along briskly, swinging their necks from side-to-side and pumping water through the comb-like plates in their beaks to filter out delicacies such as snails, worms, insects and crabs.
Canon 7D; 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 400mm; 1/1250 sec at f6.3; ISO 100.
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the Camargue, France
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Laurent Chagnard, France
Laurent has been passionate about wildlife and mountains from a young age, and travelled to the Alps on numerous occasions. He is currently based in Provence, France, and is particularly interested in water birds. This is the first time he has entered his work into a competition.