Photo of the Week: 20–26 January


Barn Owls by Andy Thompson

Barn Owl

Barn Owl is one of the most popular subjects on Iris, and photos of birds hunting in flight and perched on posts are a regular feature of this gallery; but this image by Andy Thompson of two birds together is something a little bit different.

Andy has managed that extra something in this captivating portrait, with one bird preening the other as they perch together at a roosting site. Using a 600 mm lens has meant he was able to keep a safe distance away from the owls; ISO 640, a shutter speed of 1/1000th second and f7 aperture have all combined to capture a very interesting behavioural shot.

Congratulations to Andy on his POTW, our third winner this year.

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Other notable images

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

Kingfisher, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway (Photo: Gordon Speirs)

Jay, Newborough Forest, Anglesey (Photo: Dave Williams)

Great Tit
Great Tit, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire (Photo: Clive daelman)

Bullfinch, Cheadle, Staffordshire (Photo: Tony Kinder)

Wren, Wayoh Reservoir, Lancashire (Photo: John Barlow)

Barn Owl
Barn Owl, Rye Harbour NR, East Sussex (Photo: Toby Houlton)

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver, West Kirby Marine Lake, Cheshire (Photo: Steve Round)

White-tailed Eagle
White-tailed Eagle, Mull, Argyll (Photo: Bryan Rains)

Buzzard, Stone, Worcestershire (Photo: Vern Wright)

Sparrowhawk, Rufford CP, Nottinghamshire (Photo: Kevin Clarke)

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire (Photo: Mark Johnson)

Alpine Accentor
Alpine Accentor, Italy (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Written by: Steve Young