Photo of the Week: 15-21 April 2020


Mute Swan by Neil Loverock



It takes something out of the ordinary for an 'easy to photograph' bird to win our weekly competition and this super shot of a Mute Swan by Neil Loverock falls perfectly into that category.

Photographed at the bottom of a weir, the tumbling water really makes the shot and Neil has emphasised the power and flow by shooting at 1/60th second, f20 aperture and on ISO 100 to ensure that the water is shown as a blurred curtain rather than a sharp fall. The exposure is spot on, with plenty of detail in both the swan's white plumage and the falling water.

Congratulations to Neil on his winning capture, taken at the 360 mm setting of a 150-600 mm zoom lens.


Other notable images


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Vaserne, Denmark (Anne Navntoft).

Ruddy Turnstone, Newlyn, Cornwall (Connor Coombes).

Willow Warbler, Elton Reservoir, Greater Manchester (R Thew).

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Western Osprey, Brockholes LWT, Lancashire (Craig Smith).

Crossbill, Rochefort, Namur (Gery Hacquin).

Blackcap, Stanstead Abbotts GPs, Hertfordshire (Ian Norris).

Goldfinch, Haslemere, Surrey (Mike Young).

Curlew Sandpiper, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Scott Reid).

Firecrest, St Mary's Island, Northumberland (Jack Bucknall).

Green Woodpecker, Nordfyn, Denmark (Morten Scheller Jensen).

Whimbrel, Dundalk, Louth (Fergal Stanley).

Great Horned Owl, Los Angeles, California (Alexander Viduetsky).

Western Marsh Harrier, undisclosed site, Outer Hebrides (Andy Thompson).

Written by: Steve Young

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