17/08/2016
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Photo of the Week: 10–16 August

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Little Auk by Andrew Moon

Little Auk
Little Auk, Norway (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Photographs of Little Auks in the UK will usually show either close-ups of storm wrecked sickly-looking birds sat on the water, or small flocks battling against storm-driven seas. But at their breeding grounds they are much the same as other members of the auk family and can show very well.

Andrew Moon has proved this point with this superb flight shot taken in Svalbard; Little Auk is a fast flier, but the photographer has managed to keep this one perfectly in the frame using a 400mm lens and freezing the action with a shutter speed of 1/5000th second. A lovely out of focus background adds to the overall image and the dullish light has ensured that detail in the whites has been retained.

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Congratulations to Andy on his Photo of the Week, a new species and photographer for the year.

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

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron, Barton-upon-Humber Pits, Lincolnshire (Photo: Wayne Gillatt)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, undisclosed site, Shropshire (Photo: Paul Burgess)

Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Mauritius (Photo: Jaz)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, undisclosed site, Lancashire (Photo: Pauline Greenhalgh)

White-rumped Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper, Girdle Ness, Aberdeenshire (Photo: John McHale)

Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Joe Pender)

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper, Netherlands (Photo: Marc FASOL)

Hartlaub's Gull
Hartlaub's Gull, Namibia (Photo: Richard Bonser)

Ring-necked Parakeet
Ring-necked Parakeet, Richmond Park, Greater London (Photo: Clive daelman)

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting, Ben Macdui, Moray & Nairn (Photo: anon)

Osprey
Osprey, Melton, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover, Balearic Islands (Photo: Andy Mould)

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush, Spain (Photo: Phil Gower)

Written by: Steve Young