Photo of the Week: 19–25 October


Pallas's Warbler by Stuart Gillies

Pallas's Warbler

Anyone who has ever tried to photograph the smaller 'Phylloscs' will know how difficult they are to keep in focus, in the frame and clear of branches and other obstructions. There has been a good selection posted this week of Yellow-browed, Hume's and Pallas's Warbler, and it is an outstanding image of this last species, taken by Stuart Gillies, that is this week's deserving winner.

The photographer has ensured a fast shutter speed by setting the ISO at 2000, which allowed him to shoot at 1/2000th second with a 500 mm lens wide open at f4; the colourful autumn background leaves no doubt as to when it was taken.

Congratulations to Stuart on his Photo of the Week. It will be interesting to see if there is a final flurry of autumn migrants to photograph in the last week of the month, or are we heading towards winter birds already?

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Other notable images

Nuthatch, Cannop Ponds, Gloucestershire (Photo: Clive Daelman)

Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher, Oare Marshes NR, Kent (Photo: Mark Tomlins)

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Goldcrest, Bawdsey, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Mallard, undisclosed site, Waterford (Photo: Tom Kennedy)

Black-bellied Dipper
Black-bellied Dipper, Needham Market, Suffolk (Photo: Stephen Whayman)

Hawfinch, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Steve Arlow)

Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire (Photo: Russell Hayes)

Razorbill, at sea, Pembrokeshire (Photo: Richard Crossen)

Goldcrest, Langdon Cliffs NT, Kent (Photo: Steve Ray)

Kestrel, Nanjizal Valley, Cornwall (Photo: Mark ferris)

Wryneck, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Jim Almond)

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Photo: Jon Mercer)

Red-flanked Bluetail
Red-flanked Bluetail, Lissagriffin, Cork (Photo: Richard Mills)

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear, Burnham Overy, Norfolk (Photo: Chris Mayne)

Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter, Musselburgh, Lothian (Photo: Dennis Morrison)

Mealy Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll, Burnham Overy, Norfolk (Photo: Yoav Perlman)

Hume's Leaf Warbler
Hume's Leaf Warbler, Thornwick Bay, East Yorkshire (Photo: Peter Garrity)

Red-flanked Bluetail
Red-flanked Bluetail, Spurn YWT, East Yorkshire (Photo: David Constantine)

Written by: Steve Young