17/02/2016
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Photo of the Week: 10–16 February

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Hudsonian Whimbrel by Peter Moore

Hudsonian Whimbrel

This week's winner was a late-night posting on 16th that probably hasn't been seen by many people yet; this superb flight shot of the Hudsonian Whimbrel in Cornwall by Peter Moore has everything needed for a winning image.

Using a lens set at 330mm and with the ISO at 640, Peter managed a shutter speed of 1/800th second at f5.6 aperture which has just been enough to freeze most of the wing action; the sea background sets off the image beautifully and as well as being a lovely shot in its own right, it is also just about as perfect an identification photo as you could wish for this species, particularly given the vagrant context.

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Congratulations to Peter on his POTW; the year is gathering pace nicely already.

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

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler, Sand Point, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Allan Chard)

Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Wayne Davies)

Black Redstart
Black Redstart, Little Orme, Conwy (Photo: Bob Garrett)

Bewick's Swan
Bewick's Swan, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Vern Wright)

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Michael Sherwin)

Dunnock
Dunnock, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Michael Sherwin)

Siskin
Siskin, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Grey Heron
Grey Heron, Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancashire (Photo: Jackie Moreton)

Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper, Spain (Photo: Andrew Allport)

Greenshank
Greenshank, Mileham, Norfolk (Photo: Andy Thompson)

Peregrine
Peregrine, Bristol, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit, undisclosed site, Essex (Photo: Pixellence)

Redwing
Redwing, Heartwood Forest, Hertfordshire (Photo: Rob Cox)

Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire (Photo: Howard Booty)

Sooty Gull
Sooty Gull, United Arab Emirates (Photo: Richard Smith)

Brambling
Brambling, undisclosed site, Wiltshire (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Written by: Steve Young