Photo of the Week: 11-17 December 2023


Slavonian Grebe by Ivan Quail



The unusual angle that Ivan Quail has achieved on this Slavonian Grebe in a Northern Irish harbour makes for an eye-catching Photo of the Week winner. Looking down on the bird, which is returning a stare directly at the camera with that piercing red eye, creates a real intimacy between photographer and subject. A pin-sharp image offers fantastic detail in the bird's head and bill, while the soft light conditions and slightly backlit subject only complement the photo further. In a week which saw some fantastic uploads to the BirdGuides gallery, including yet more terrific shots of Waxwings and Short-eared Owls, Ivan's shot still manages to stand out from the crowd. Well done, Ivan!


Other notable images


Short-eared Owl, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (Ron Macdonald).

Northern Goshawk, Poole Harbour, Dorset (Jeremy Mcclements).

Fieldfare, Leighton Moss RSPB, Lancashire (Gordon Speirs).

Black-throated Thrush, Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire (Lee Johnson).

Vermilion Flycatcher, Canoa Ranch, Arizona (Steve Bell).

Waxwing, Hyde, Greater Manchester (Martin Loftus).

Waxwing, Coton, Cambridgeshire (Nigel Sprowell).

Waxwing, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (Kenton Rose).

Eurasian Curlew, South Ronaldsay, Orkney (Maxwell Law).

Canvasback (left) and Common Pochard, Abberton Reservoir, Essex (Lee Gregory).

Red-breasted Merganser, Topsham, Devon (Charlie Fleming).

Smew, Broadwood Loch, Clyde (Ron Macdonald).

Amur Falcon, Pangti, Nagaland (Steve Minton).

Written by: BirdGuides