Photo of the Week: 18–24 January


Eastern Black Redstart by John Richardson

Eastern Black Redstart

To date, BirdGuides contributors have uploaded 118 images of the Skinningrove Eastern Black Redstart to our gallery since it was first found back in late October. And, when such a confiding and attractive vagrant stays for so long, it's no surprise that there's been no shortage of brilliant photos among those.

As such it takes a truly striking image to stand out from the pack, and that's exactly what John Richardson has achieved here. The warm light makes the bird positively glow, and the rusty colours of the bird's perch complement it perfectly. The pose is striking, too, and the attentive expression of the redstart almost suggests it was acting on John's command!

Congratulations to John on a wonderful shot of this highly celebrated vagrant.

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Other notable images

Robin, Preston, Lancashire (Photo: Martin Jump)

Turnstone, North Shields, Northumberland (Photo: Ron Hindhaugh)

Spoonbill, Hayle Estuary, Cornwall (Photo: John Rowe)

Woodlark, Belgium (Photo: Marc FASOL)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier, Westhay Moor NNR, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: James Gibbs)

Goldfinch, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Photo: Roy Rimmer)

King Penguin
King Penguin, Falkland Islands (Photo: John Fielding)

Jay, undisclosed site, Wiltshire (Photo: Dave Collins)

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit, undisclosed site, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Cormorant, Leighton Moss RSPB, Lancashire (Photo: Geoffrey Pain)

Ptarmigan, Cairn Gorm, Highland (Photo: Marcus Conway - ebirder)

Greenshank, Kidwelly, Carmarthen (Photo: Wayne Davies)

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire (Photo: Baz Scampion)

Merlin, Ballaugh, Isle of Man (Photo: Sean Gray)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Tehidy CP, Cornwall (Photo: John Rowe)

Written by: Steve Young