Photo of the Week: 20 December 2021-3 January 2022


Long-tailed Tit by Lee O'Dwyer



Lee O'Dwyer will be a familiar name to many BirdGuides readers, having won several Photo of the Week awards over the years for his innovative images of passerines, especially tits, in flight – and we think this Long-tailed Tit shot might be his best yet.

Beautifully framed and lit as the tit spreads its wings, the delicate nature of bird and bramble perch combine to give the image a real elegance. With a diffuse, dark background offsetting the bird, providing it with an almost halo-like appearance, Lee has clearly put plenty of thought into the composition and execution of this photo, which is a thoroughly deserved Photo of the Week winner.


Other notable images


Common Goldeneye, Musselburgh, Lothian (Sam Northwood).

Pacific Diver, Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir, Glamorgan (Jonathan Bull).

Little Egret, Oxey Marsh, Hampshire (Dennis Gilman).

Glossy Ibis, Clennon Valley Lakes, Devon (Chris Lake).

European Shag, Whitlingham CP, Norfolk (Patrick Safford).

European Shag, Rosscarbery, Cork (Richard Mills).

Ruddy Turnstone, Ramsgate, Kent (Jack Morris).

Purple Sandpiper, Portland, Dorset (Matthew Barfield).

Iceland Gull, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk (Tony Davison).

Caspian Gull (back left), European Herring (front) and Yellow-legged (right) Gulls, Hayle Estuary, Cornwall (Keith Pritchard).

Belted Kingfisher, Samlesbury, Lancashire (Ian Bollen).


Common Kingfisher, Worcester, Worcestershire (Clive Daelman).



Waxwing, Elgin, Moray & Nairn (John Henderson).


Bearded Tit, Westhay, Somerset & Bristol (Chris Hawes).

Written by: BirdGuides