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.
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
Blue Rock Thrush, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)
Curlew Sandpiper, Bulgaria (Photo: Dave Williams)