18/11/2015
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Photo of the Week: 11–17 November

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Kestrel by Matt Crosby

Kestrel
Kestrel, Postwick, Norfolk (Photo: Matt Crosby)

Kestrel is a popular subject among our Iris photographers, with many images of perched and hovering birds posted, but we rarely get to see upperwing shots as good as this week's winning shot by Matt Crosby.

It was presumably captured just as the falcon was banking away — Matt has done well to keep the AF on the bird as it moved. A 300mm lens, ISO400, f5 aperture and 1/1,250th second shutter speed combined to keep everything sharp, showing incredible plumage detail.

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Congratulations to Matt on his Photo of the Week; this is his second win of the year, the other being a Barn Swallow, also in flight.

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

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Photo: Steve Race)

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Venus Pool NR, Shropshire (Photo: Paul Burgess)

Robin
Robin, undisclosed site, Glamorgan (Photo: Sam)

Crag Martin
Crag Martin, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (Photo: anon)

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker, Shefford, Bedfordshire (Photo: Jim P)

Hoopoe
Hoopoe, Crostwick, Norfolk (Photo: Neil Rendall)

Redstart
Redstart, Two Tree Island, Essex (Photo: Steve Hiscock)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, West Canvey Marsh RSPB, Essex (Photo: Steve Hiscock)

Fieldfare
Fieldfare, Hardley Street, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Brambling
Brambling, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire (Photo: Derek Lees)

Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher, Canary Islands (Photo: Tony Mills)

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck, Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross (Photo: J McHale)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, Seasalter, Kent (Photo: Chiddy Mark)

Written by: Steve Young