Common Scoter by Steve Race
In one of the strongest weeks for photo uploads that we've had in recent months, it is this intimate capture of a drake Common Scoter from Scarborough-based photographer Steve Race that takes the top spot this Wednesday.
Common Scoter might be a familiar and numerous duck around our shores, but getting views like this in Britain is a real rarity. Even when scoter turn up inland, they tend to sit nervously in the middle of large waterbodies – and are usually gone after a day's stay.
For this pristine male to show so well is an event in itself, but Steve has managed to execute a highly effective image of this handsome duck. A low angle has ensured great depth of field, with both the foreground and background unfocused. The light on the scoter is great, highlighting the glossy-black plumage, while the ochre background adds a very pleasing element to this super shot. Well done to Steve!
Other notable images
Eurasian Wren, Hollesley, Suffolk (Kit Day).
White-throated Sparrow, Barcombe, East Sussex (Marc Read).
Little Bunting, Warnham LNR, West Sussex (Benjamin Lucking).
Reed Warbler, Esthwaite Water, Cumbria (Frank Burns).
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Pied Flycatcher, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (Peter Garrity).
Ring Ouzel, undisclosed site, Derbyshire (Ian Bollen).
Wryneck, Portland, Dorset (John Wall).
Grey Partridge, High Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland (Gary Woodburn).
Merlin, undisclosed site, Anglesey (Jonathan Bull).
Sanderling, Beadnell Bay, Northumberland (Neil Loverock).
Dunlin, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Clive Daelman).
Common Snipe, Summer Leys LNR, Northamptonshire (Dave Jackson).
Long-billed Dowitcher, Scorton, North Yorkshire (S Clifton).
Great Crested Grebe, Attenborough NR, Nottinghamshire (John Dickenson).
Black-necked Grebe, St Aidan's RSPB (Swillington Ings), West Yorkshire (Neil Hilton).
Great Cormorant, Holmethorpe Sand Pits, Surrey (Arturas Kundrotas).