Photo of the Week: 20-26 December


Parrot Crossbills by John Richardson


I trust everyone had the Christmas they hoped for. Despite the festive celebrations possibly restricting days out in the field for birders and photographers nationwide, we have a super winning shot of the Parrot Crossbills in Suffolk, taken by John Richardson.

It looks like these birds now have a regular drinking pattern that is being put to good use by a number of photographers, but this image is my favourite (up to now!). John has captured two males drinking side by side, in beautiful winter light, both nicely in focus and with the added bonus of a reflection in the water.

Congratulations to John on his second winning image of the year; he used a 500 mm lens with a 1.4x converter, shooting at 1/250th second, f5.6 on ISO640.

There is just one week left now before the first POTW of 2018, so please continue to post your images be our last winner of 2017 and also have a chance in our Photo of the Year 2017 competition.


Other notable photos


Hawfinch, Berkswell, West Midlands (Pete Walkden).

Mandarin Duck, Hereford, Herefordshire (Brian Davis).

Common Redshank, Hengistbury Head, Dorset (Joe).

Snow Bunting, North Warren RSPB, Suffolk (Richard Gannon).

Reed Bunting, Conwy RSPB, Britain (Dave Williams).

Green Woodpecker, Keerbergen, Flemish Brabant (Willy Ceulemans).

Common Buttonquail, Pafuri Camp Road, South Africa (Stephen Daly).

Glaucous Gull, Dungeness NNR, Kent (Richard Smith).

Desert Wheatear, Whitby, North Yorkshire (Martyn Sidwell).

Little Stint, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Jon Mercer).

Written by: Steve Young