Photo of the Week: 20–26 July


Green Woodpeckers by Jane Rowe

Green Woodpecker

Anybody who has been browsing Iris over the last few weeks will have seen (and envied) Jane Rowe's selection of images of 'her' Green Woodpecker family in her garden.

But the latest 'soap episode' has topped the others by having two juveniles with dad keeping a close eye on them at the bird bath, and is this week's winning and unique photo.

No exposure details were included with the posting but a 300 mm lens was used; if you are going to be super-critical the tail of the right-hand juvenile is not completely in the frame, but it's such an unusual and unique shot that this doesn't take anything away from it.

Congratulations to Jane on her well-deserved Photo of the Week; her ultimate challenge now is to have all five members of the family together in the frame — good luck!

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

Blackbird, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (Photo: Simon Richardson)

Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull, Carr Vale NR, Derbyshire (Photo: Peter Garrity)

Cory's Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Joe Pender)

Arctic Tern
Arctic Tern, Preston, Lancashire (Photo: Jackie Moreton)

Little Owl
Little Owl, Hopwood, Worcestershire (Photo: Clive daelman)

Ménétries' Warbler
Ménétries' Warbler, United Arab Emirates (Photo: Mark Woodhead)

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher, Hungary (Photo: Craig Richardson)

Wallcreeper, Spain (Photo: Dave Barnes)

Little Bittern
Little Bittern, Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Mark Hipkin)

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Cambridgeshire (Photo: Garth Peacock)

Swallows, Filey, North Yorkshire (Photo: Mark Pearson)

Great White Egret
Great White Egret, Conwy RSPB, Conwy (Photo: Peter Wood)

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Nick Brown)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Staffordshire (Photo: Tony Kinder)

Cuckoo, Keyhaven Marshes, Hampshire (Photo: Joe)

Wilson's Storm-petrel
Wilson's Storm-petrel, Cork pelagic, Cork (Photo: Gerard Murray)

Written by: Steve Young