Black-bellied Dipper by Ephraim Perfect
The Black-bellied Dipper in Suffolk has been a popular bird on Iris with many images posted, but Ephraim Perfect has gone for a slightly different-looking shot that sees him take the winner's title this week.
Using a 150–500mm zoom lens, he has resisted the temptation to take the biggest possible image of the bird and instead opted for shooting at 400mm, keeping the bird smaller and off-centre in the frame and exposing at only 1/25th second, which has resulted in the 'slow-motion' effect of the flowing water.
Add the floating colourful leaves and a perfect autumnal image has been created. Congratulations to Ephraim on his excellent Photo of the Week; only a few weeks left now until we start thinking about Photo of the Year.
You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.
Other notable images
Spur-winged Plover, Gambia (Photo: Dave Williams)
Stonechat, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)
American Tree Sparrow, Sweden (Photo: Kris De Rouck)