Photo of the Week: 2-8 August


Common Cuckoo by Neil Jones


A juvenile Common Cuckoo being fed by its Meadow Pipit foster parent taken by Neil Jones is this week’s winning shot. I imagine there are many (like me) that have never witnessed this let alone had a chance to photograph it, and I’m always a little envious whenever I see such shots.

Whether the photographer could not get closer or chose not to I don’t know, but I really like the fact that it is not a full-frame edge-to-edge crop. It shows the habitat perfectly and has a great atmosphere to it, with the cuckoo perched nicely on a branch begging for food and with both species’ heads being well positioned. 

Congratulations to Neil on his great capture of this fascinating behaviour; he used an 800mm lens and shot at 1/400th second at f5.6 on ISO1000.

Other notable images

Peregrines (Robert Mitchell)

Barn Swallows (John Tymon)

Green Woodpeckers (Dean Eades)

White-rumped Sandpiper (Jonathan Farooqi)

Common Kingfisher (Bob Garrett)

Cory's Shearwater (Joe Pender)

Common Swift (Mick Davis)

Black-shouldered Kite (Graeme Risdon)

Common Sandpiper (Mike Trew)

House Sparrow (Craig Richardson)

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Written by: Steve Young