Photo of the Week: 15-21 August 2022


Eurasian Stone-curlew by Nick Holland



Getting views like this of a Eurasian Stone-curlew in Britain is virtually impossible, with this scarce and retiring species more typically seen shimmering in the haze on a distant heath than providing frame-filling views at a drinking pool – thus there will have been a fair few envious viewers of the BirdGuides gallery when Nick Holland uploaded this stunning close-up from the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha.

Nick has a great set-up for images and has been uploading some wonderful captures of species such as Collared Pratincole and Western Marsh Harrier in recent weeks, as well as a previous Eurasian Stone-curlew shot that was unfortunate to miss out on the POTW accolade that week. However, for its uniqueness, as well as lovely warm colours and fantastic reflection focusing attention on that startling yellow eye, this is a most worthy winner this week. Congratulations to Nick!


Other notable images


Grey Heron, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Dean Eades).

Grey Heron, Loscoe Dam, Derbyshire (Robert Booth).

Northern Gannet, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Richard Stonier).

Common Kestrel, Coalhouse Fort, Essex (Adrian Webb).

Short-eared Owl, Loch Bee, S Uist, Outer Hebrides (Hebridean Imaging).

White-winged Tern, Blashford Lakes HWT, Hampshire (Jeremy Mcclements).

Sanderling, Fair Isle, Shetland (Alex Penn).

Red Grouse, Derwent Edge, Derbyshire (John Dickenson).

Wryneck, Spurn YWT, East Yorkshire (John Hewitt).

Reed Warbler, Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB, Cheshire (Mark Woodhead).

Sedge Warbler, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Kris Webb).

Great Tit, Llandrindod Wells, Powys (Kev Joynes).

House Sparrow, Barnsley, South Yorkshire (Peter Miles).

Written by: BirdGuides