09/12/2015
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Photo of the Week: 2–8 December

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Jays by Thomas Winstone

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With dull weather prevailing over much of the country this week, high ISO settings and wide-open lenses seem to have been the norm among photographers.

This week's winning shot by Thomas Winstone was taken with a 300mm f2.8 lens using the maximum aperture to gather as much light as possible for his striking shot of two fighting Jays. ISO800 gave a shutter speed of 1/3200th second which has just about frozen the action, and that f2.8 aperture has completely thrown the background out of focus so as not to distract our eye from the two birds.

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Congratulations to Thomas on his winning POTW, the first time that Jay has been the winning subject this year.

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.

Other notable images

Red Grouse
Red Grouse, Longridge Fell, Lancashire (Photo: Pauline Greenhalgh)

Little Grebe
Little Grebe, Pennington Flash CP, Greater Manchester (Photo: John Tymon)

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Photo: Phil Gower)

Armenian Gull
Armenian Gull, Israel (Photo: Richard Smith)

Firecrest
Firecrest, Cardiff Bay, Glamorgan (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler, Arne RSPB, Dorset (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon, Ardivachar Point, S.Uist, Outer Hebrides (Photo: Andrew Stevenson)

Light-mantled Albatross
Light-mantled Albatross, New Zealand (Photo: John Anderson)

Nuthatch
Nuthatch, National Wetlands Centre, Carmarthen (Photo: Wayne Davies)

Coal Tit
Coal Tit, Belgium (Photo: Marc FASOL)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, Israel (Photo: Richard Smith)

Written by: Steve Young