03/01/2017
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Photo of the Week: 21–27 December

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Robin by Roy Rimmer

Robin

In 2016 our Photo of the Week award frequently went to pictures of some of the rarest vagrants in Britain, but the subject needn't be a British rarity to be awarded the accolade — as is proved by this week's winning image of a Robin by Roy Rimmer.

The UK's most popular bird has been given a new lease of life in this lovely reflective shot. Over a period of time and with careful planning, the subject was baited with mealworms until it would land on a mossy perch. The perch was then moved to a pond and photographed from a portable hide that was already in place; interestingly, the reflection actually gives a better angle and image of the bird than the slightly awkward-looking take-off pose itself.

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Congratulations to Roy on his innovative Photo of the Week, taken with a 70–200mm lens and shot at 1/200th second f16 on ISO 200, using two flashguns.

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

Common Scoter
Common Scoter, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Chris Mayne)

Fieldfare
Fieldfare, Belgium (Photo: Marc FASOL)

Common Woodshrike
Common Woodshrike, India (Photo: Vipul Ramanuj)

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan, Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire (Photo: Gordon Speirs)

Grey Heron
Grey Heron, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Norman West)

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Photo: Graham Munton)

Bittern
Bittern, Pennington Flash CP, Greater Manchester (Photo: John Tymon)

Stonechat
Stonechat, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Black-throated Thrush
Black-throated Thrush, Qatar (Photo: Gavin Farnell)

Goldfinch
Goldfinch, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Michael Sherwin)

Firecrest
Firecrest, Goxhill Haven, Lincolnshire (Photo: Stephen Routledge)

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck, Pembroke Bay, Guernsey (Photo: Andy Marquis)

Ivory Gull
Ivory Gull, Norway (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Kestrel
Kestrel, undisclosed site, Lancashire (Photo: Austin Thomas)

Written by: Steve Young