Great Shearwater by Scott Reid
Great Shearwater is one of the top targets for birders and photographers alike on the Scilly pelagics, and the BirdGuides gallery is always enrichened by an array of fine images taken each year of this species. Thus, it takes something a little different to really capture our collective eye – and that's exactly what Scott Reid's beautiful image does.
While caught in a great pose – slightly angled but still in profile enough to see all the features you'd want to see on the upper side of a Great Shear – it's the wonderful sea state that makes this such a striking photo.
Flat-calm conditions off Scilly are unusual enough at this time of year and the attractive blend of soft greys, pastel blues and lavender, coupled with a mirror-like sea surface, makes for a truly wonderful backdrop. And, when you add one of the North Atlantic's best seabirds to the mix, you're undoubtedly on to a winner. Congratulations to Scott on this brilliant image!
Other notable images
Green Bee-eater, Gujarat, India (Manish Panchal).