Photo of the Week: 14-20 October 2020


Bearded Vulture by John Wall



There have been plenty of superb Bearded Vulture images uploaded to the BirdGuides gallery ever since 'Vigo' arrived on our shores in /June. Over the past week it seems we may have seen the last of her, though, as she flew strongly out to sea at Beachy Head, East Sussex, on 15th. Hopefully, she is back on the European mainland now. That final day of the 'Vigo show' was when John Wall captured this jaw-dropping, close-up image of her, in persuit (as ever!) by angry corvids.

While there have been some excellent (and rather intimate) shots taken of this bird, this truly is a winning image, perfectly exposed and sharp from tail to bill tip. Furthermore, there is a poignancy about this photo – it seems unlikely Vigo will be seen again in Britain, but what a story it has been, with hundreds (if not thousands) of admirers making pilgrimages to see her at her various places of residence. It's been a unique British birding event, regardless of whether or not her parentage is up to scratch in terms of being added to the British list as a truly wild bird. It seems fitting, therefore, that this superb photograph of what is surely the bird of the year for many should take first place this week.

Congratulations to John on such a memorable image!


Other notable images


Red-backed Shrike, Littlestone-on-Sea, Kent (Robin Elliott).


Red Knot, Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk (Les Bunyan).

Brown Shrike, Johnny Brown's Common, West Yorkshire (Andy Butler).

Great Bustard, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire (Mike Trew).

Siberian Stonechat, Gugh, Isles of Scilly (Richard Stonier).

Black-headed Gull, Napton Reservoir, Warwickshire (steve blackman).

Red-backed Shrike, St Mary's Bay, Kent (Mark Leitch).

Eurasian Bittern, Far Ings NR, Lincolnshire (Paul Coombes).

Pallas's Warbler, Stiffkey, Norfolk (Lee Fuller).

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Stiffkey, Norfolk (Chris Griffin).

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