Firecrest by Robin Brace
Happy New Year everyone! Our first winner of 2019 is this cracking photo of a Firecrest, taken in Nottinghamshire by Robin Brace. This is a species that brightens up any day of winter birding and to see and photograph one as well as this must have been a real treat.
A notoriously fast-moving 'flitter', Firecrest can be difficult to photograph well and a dull winter's day can make freezing the movement even more of a challenge, but Robin has upped the ISO to 2000 to enable a shutter speed of 1/1600 th second to be used, successfully capturing the bird sharply and also at a nice angle to show off the feature that gives the bird its name.
Congratulations to Robin on the first win of 2019, taken with a 300mm lens plus 1.4x converter.
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