Photo of the Week: 16-22 October 2023


European Robin by Carl Bovis



Somerset-based bird photographer, Carl Bovis, has been contributing entertaining (and sometimes quite quirky!) flight shots of garden birds to the BirdGuides gallery for several years now. His latest offering is this terrific European Robin, which he has caught in a pristine pose. The perfect light conditions have allowed Carl to use a shutter speed of 1/5000 to freeze the action – anything slower and motion would have been detectable, given the speed at which passerines fly. With the robin's tail cocked, the red of its breast positively glowing and a glint apparent in its eye, this is as good a flight shot as Carl could've hoped for. Congratulations!


Other notable images


Arctic Skua, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk (Andy Thompson).

Long-tailed Duck, Fetlar, Shetland (Bethan Clyne).

Common Snipe, Isle of May, Fife (Harry Bell).

Dunlin, Toft Newton Reservoir, Lincolnshire (Nick Clayton).

Grey Phalarope, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland (Frank Golding).

Northern Goshawk, Oslo, Oslo (Simon Rix).

Tengmalm's Owl, Oppland, Norway (Éric Roualet).

European Shag, Newlyn, Cornwall (Martin Webb).

American Yellow Warbler, Hoswick, Mainland, Shetland (Penny Clarke).

Shore Lark, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Les Cater).

Bearded Tit, Alkborough Flats, Lincolnshire (Ian Bollen).

Little Bunting, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Sam Goddard).

Written by: BirdGuides