Andy said: "To win this award twice in three years is a great honour.
I take pride in using my camera to capture special and sometimes unique
moments of wildlife behaviour.
"This image was taken
at the end of one of the best days Ive ever experienced as a wildlife
photographer. My wife and I were visiting the small island of Fetlar, part
of the Shetland Isles and we had already spent five hours observing and
photographing a mother and cub Otter. We had then directed our attention
to the RSPB reserve at Loch Funzie. The loch is literally roadside and a
great location for both Red-throated Divers and Red-necked Phalarope. My
main focus was on photographing the Divers up until the moment a pair of
Phalarope dropped in close by to where I was. It was immediately obvious
that something was afoot as the female bird was displaying to the male (Phalaropes
are unlike most birds and have role reversal, the males incubate the eggs
and do all of the brooding). To witness this was special enough but to actually
see and photograph them mating was the icing on the cake especially
considering the light was just perfect for wildlife photography!"