Photo of the Week: 12–18 August


Common Tern by Jackie Moreton

Common Tern

It's not often that the light and background are perfect when you are out and about with the camera, but for her shot of a feeding Common Tern Jackie Moreton couldn't have asked for anything better.

The photographer has taken full advantage of a perfect day and has caught the moment beautifully as the tern dives to try and catch a fish; using a lens set at 420mm a shutter speed of 1/2000th second has been enough to capture and freeze the action as the tern plunges into the water. The blue water and perfect reflection greatly enhance this image; try and imagine it taken on a grey, dull day.

Congratulations to Jackie on her winning Photo of the Week; with autumn almost here we are starting to head into the home stretch of 2015 ...

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Other notable images

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Dennis Morrison)

Fulmars, Fife Ness, Fife (Photo: John Anderson)

Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua, at sea, Kerry (Photo: Eric Dempsey)

Little Owl
Little Owl, Wayoh Reservoir, Lancashire (Photo: John Barlow)

Treecreeper, Lathkill Dale NNR, Derbyshire (Photo: Nigel Jones)

Kingfisher, Redditch, Worcestershire (Photo: Mr Clive Daelman)

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl, undisclosed site, Devon (Photo: Steve Hatch)

Great Shearwater
Great Shearwater, at sea, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Zac Hinchcliffe)

Storm-petrel, at sea, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Zac Hinchcliffe)

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent (Photo: Graham Nichols)

Icterine Warbler
Icterine Warbler, Burnham Overy, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Fea's Petrel
Fea's Petrel, at sea, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Peter Moore)

Written by: Steve Young