24/05/2017
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Photo of the Week: 17–23 May

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Common Cuckoo by Russell Hayes

Cuckoo

There's been an influx of Common Cuckoo images the last couple of weeks on BirdGuides; both birds and photographers seem to have arrived together and combined to produce some excellent images, and this week's winning shot of a flying cuckoo by Russell Hayes is a cracking shot.

The perfect lighting has given a highlight in the eye, while the blue-sky background sets the photo off perfectly. Shooting at 1/6400th second has frozen the wing movement and the perfect exposure allows us to see the lovely underwing pattern that usually flashes past in an instant.

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Congratulations to Russell who used a 400mm lens to capture his winning image of a classic May bird. It's hard to believe that spring is almost over ...

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.

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Great Skua
Great Skua, Balranald RSPB, N.Uist, Outer Hebrides (Photo: Steve Round)

Hoopoe
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Ruff
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Buzzard
Buzzard, Llanddeusant, Carmarthen (Photo: Norman West)

Gannet
Gannet, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Paul Coombes)

Redstart
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Basra Reed Warbler
Basra Reed Warbler, Qatar (Photo: Gavin Farnell)

House Martin
House Martin, Worksop, Nottinghamshire (Photo: Rob Smith)

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker, undisclosed site, East Sussex (Photo: Toby Houlton)

Bee-eater
Bee-eater, Spain (Photo: Marc FASOL)

Razorbill
Razorbill, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Richard Laverack)

Written by: Steve Young