Green Woodpecker by Clive Daelman
Our first winner of 2020 is this particularly striking shot of a Green Woodpecker by Clive Daelman.
This is a species that is rarely photographed away from the nest hole or while it is feeding on the ground, so to have one perched up in beautiful light like this and offset against a contrastingly dark, diffuse background makes for an outstanding image.
I don't know if this individual was visiting a baited site for food (unusual for this species as far as I'm aware) or was just a curious passer-by, but Clive has certainly taken advantage of the opportunity presented to him.
Congratulations to Clive on being the first winner of the year. His image was taken with a 600 mm lens and exposed at 1/2000th second, f7.1 on ISO 1,600.
Other notable images
White-tailed Kite, Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara County, California (Alexander Viduetsky).