Northern Hawk-Owl by Helge Sorensen
A wonderful flight shot of a Northern Hawk-Owl taken in Sweden by Helge Sorensen is our third winner of 2019.
Taken in lovely light this is a cracking action shot, the owl beautifully sharp as it heads straight towards the photographer. Having the 500mm lens wide open at f4 aperture and using ISO1000 has enabled a fast shutter speed of 1/4000th second to be used, which has just been enough to freeze all the movement, while a highlight in the eye and an unobtrusive background complete the stunning picture.
Congratulations to Helge on his top shot; is he on his way to matching his three wins of last year?
Other notable images
Little Owl, Undisclosed Site, Britain (Mike Robinson)
Blakiston's Fish Owl, Rausu, Hokkaido, Japan (Alexander Viduetsky).