07/06/2016
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Photo of the Week: 1–7 June

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King Eider by Samuel Langlois

King Eider

There seems to have been a King Eider on the Ythan Estuary since I started birding; I remember photographing one there in 1985, but the results certainly weren't up to the quality of this week's top image by Samuel Langlois.

This is a stunning close-up portrait, taken in perfect (evening) light which has enhanced and enriched the beautiful colours of this bird. The open bill gives this shot that little bit extra, while the exposure of 1/3200th second at f7.1 on ISO 250 is spot on, showing all the fine detail in the shadows and highlights.

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Congratulations to Sam on his Photo of the Week. He used a 100–400 mm lens at the 400 mm setting to take this wonderful winner.

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

Sulphur-bellied Warbler
Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Denmark (Photo: Christian Leth)

Starling
Starling, Preston, Lancashire (Photo: Martin Jump)

River Warbler
River Warbler, Hungary (Photo: John Rowe)

Cuckoo
Cuckoo, undisclosed site, North Yorkshire (Photo: Antony Ward)

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher, Colwyn Bay, Conwy (Photo: Bob Garrett)

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon (Photo: Gray Clements)

Redstart
Redstart, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire (Photo: Clive daelman)

Puffin
Puffin, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Gordon Bowes)

Icterine Warbler
Icterine Warbler, Laggan, Highland (Photo: Dennis Morrison)

Sand Martin
Sand Martin, Ballyclare, Antrim (Photo: Ian Dickey)

Channel Wagtail
Channel Wagtail, undisclosed site, Lothian (Photo: S Gillies)

Ptarmigan
Ptarmigan, Cairn Gorm, Highland (Photo: Marcus Conway - ebirder)

Written by: Steve Young