Photo of the Week: 10–16 June


Barn Swallow by Matt Crosby

Barn Swallow, undisclosed site, Norfolk (Photo: Matt Crosby)

In the days of 35 mm film photographers had virtually no chance of taking a high-quality flight shot of a hirundine. Digital technology has improved those chances massively but even so, Matt Crosby has to be congratulated for taking a shot like this one of a Barn Swallow — which takes a great deal of time, skill and effort, plus just a touch of luck!

Matt used a 300 mm lens, ISO 560 and shot at 1/3200th second; that fast shutter speed has caught the bird in a beautiful pose, totally frozen in that fraction of a second, with the added bonus of the bill being wide open, presumably trying to catch an insect. With wings and tail spread, perfect lighting giving a highlight in the eye and a blue sky background, this is a deserving winner of Photo of the Week; congratulations to Matt.

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Other notable images

Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrow, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Ian Curran)

Puffin, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Photo: Ian Clarke)

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Lancashire (Photo: Austin Thomas)

Common Redstart, Gladhouse Reservoir, Lothian (Photo: Mike Thrower)

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver, Loch na Keal, Mull, Argyll (Photo: Geoffrey Pain)

Oystercatcher, Ingram, Northumberland (Photo: Alan Jack)

Crag Martin
Crag Martin, Spain (Photo: Chris Griffin)

Cretzschmar's Bunting
Cretzschmar's Bunting, Bardsey Island, Gwynedd (Photo: Ben Porter)

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit, Claerwen Reservoir, Powys (Photo: Dave Barnes)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Shropshire (Photo: Paul Burgess)

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper, Bulgaria (Photo: Dave Williams)

Written by: Steve Young