Goshawk by Mike Warburton
The anticipation when sitting in your own hide waiting for any species of bird is always exciting, but when the subject is a Goshawk and it finally lands on the chosen perch in front of you, then that is a little bit special.
Mike Warburton used a zoom lens set at 421mm and shot at 1/25th second to take this stunning image; the pose is a perfect side-on profile with the head slightly turned to show off the frowning expression, and a diffuse background enhances the overall picture.
With only a 10% "show" rate at his site Mike has taken full advantage of this opportunity and captured a delightful winning image that fully deserves our congratulations.
You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.
Other notable images
Alpine Accentor, France (Photo: Marc FASOL)