Photo of the Week: 15–21 March


Wren by John Barlow


With the weather turning cold again over the last few days spring seems to have taken a few steps backward, but this week's lovely winning capture of a Wren perched on flowering daffodils by John Barlow shows that it is still around.

The photographer seems to have an almost magical hold over Wrens as he regularly submits shots of them on various perches, and I have to confess to a slight envy as my garden Wrens will not go where I want them to, no matter how many mealworms I try!

Congratulations to John, who had a similar shot as a Notable last week, but the fully open flowers just gave it that added extra to make it our winning shot this time around.

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Other notable images

Wallace's Hawk-Eagle
Wallace's Hawk-Eagle, Malaysia (Photo: Chris Hawes)

Jay, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Photo: David Cookson)

Goldeneye, North Ronaldsay, Orkney (Photo: George Gay)

Smew, Earith, Cambridgeshire (Photo: Brendan Doe)

Little Gull
Little Gull, Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB, Cheshire (Photo: Elliot Montieth)

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike, Wareham Forest, Dorset (Photo: Aidan)

Oriental Scops Owl
Oriental Scops Owl, India (Photo: Vipul Ramanuj)

Marsh Tit
Marsh Tit, Chalford, Gloucestershire (Photo: Colin Harvey)

Waxwing, Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys (Photo: Barry Pugh)

Ptarmigan, Cairn Gorm, Highland (Photo: Jon Worthington)

Sanderling, Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk (Photo: Matt Crosby)

Himalayan Snowcock
Himalayan Snowcock, India (Photo: Tim Marshall)

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull, Kenmare, Kerry (Photo: Caleb Knight)

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier, New Holkham, Norfolk (Photo: Baz Scampion)

Written by: Steve Young