Photo of the Week: 10–16 February


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.

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

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

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, Mileham, Norfolk (Photo: Andy Thompson)

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

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

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, undisclosed site, Wiltshire (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Written by: Steve Young