Hawfinch by Peter Garrity
2017’s Hawfinch invasion seems to have continued into this year (although I’ve yet to find one locally!), and it is one of these big-billed finches that takes the honours this week.
This cracking close-up shot was taken by Peter Garrity, who captured it just as the finch was stretching up to munch on a Yew berry. With bill open and an almost mad-looking staring eye, you almost feel as though you're sharing the berry, while the surrounding foliage nicely frames the Hawfinch’s head.
This seems to be quite a showy individual, but the photographer has maintained a reasonable distance using a 500-mm lens with a 2x extender.
Congratulations to Peter on his winning image, the third of the year.
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