Photo of the Week: 13–19 July


Water Rail by Phil Gower

Water Rail

This week's winning shot of a very young Water Rail by Phil Gower is not something you see very often; capturing this youngster in full marching mode as it strides towards a wooden obstacle makes for a great image, and one that makes you smile as well.

With feet as big as its head it just seems to be saying "nothing is stopping me going in the direction I want to go".

Congratulations to Phil on his Photo of the Week; he used a 600mm lens shooting at 1/1000th second, f4 on ISO250.

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Other notable images

Eider, Warkworth Lane, Northumberland (Photo: Heiko Peters)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, Mull, Argyll (Photo: Rob Beddall)

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker, Elm, Cambridgeshire (Photo: Jane Rowe)

Common Tern
Common Tern, Preston, Lancashire (Photo: Martin Jump)

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater, at sea, Cornwall (Photo: Adam Scott Kennedy)

Whinchat, Elan Valley, Powys (Photo: Clive daelman)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Staffordshire (Photo: Tony Kinder)

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper, Filey, North Yorkshire (Photo: Mark Pearson)

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Clwyd (Photo: Paul Scoullar)

Yellowhammer, undisclosed site, Highland (Photo: Toby Houlton)

Greenfinch, Hayle, Cornwall (Photo: John Rowe)

Written by: Steve Young