WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Behaviours Birds

Sue Forbes, UK


After days of rough seas, Sue woke to find tranquil water and a single young booby circling. ‘Suddenly, a fish leapt out,’ she says, ‘and down came the booby’. With quick reactions, her camera already poised, she captured the fleeting moment of the bird in hot pursuit, reflected in the painterly water.

Boobies are extraordinarily lean, aerodynamic birds. Adults are nimble enough to catch moving targets, but this juvenile might just be practicing. The fish has broken the surface, and is gliding on its stiff pectoral fins. It does this to escape underwater predators, such as tuna and marlin, but this makes it vulnerable to attack from above.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 300mm f2.8 lens + 1.4x extender; 1/1600 sec at f9; ISO 640

D’Arros Island, Seychelles: latitude -5.005284, longitude 54.141605 D’Arros Island, Seychelles: latitude -5.005284, longitude 54.141605

D’Arros Island, Seychelles

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Sue Forbes

Sue Forbes, UK

Sue has been taking wildlife, landscape and travel photos for over 30 years. She combined this passion with careers including engineer officer in the Royal Air Force and various business executive roles - but in 2011 she decided to focus solely on photography. She works on expedition ships teaching photography and guides all over the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic.