Photo of the Week: 21–27 October


Bearded Tits by Nick Appleton

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit, Strumpshaw Fen RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Bearded Tit is a very popular subject with the Iris photographers, especially during the autumn when birds seem to show particularly well; but we don't get to see many shots like this week's winner by Nick Appleton.

I should imagine that most people's reaction on viewing it was: "aahh" or maybe I'm just getting soft in my old age? But, if there can be affection (excluding mating display) shown in a photograph then this one captures it, with the female leaning against the male as if in need of a hug, it really is a lovely image.

Nick used a 500mm lens, shooting at 1/1600th sec at f5.6 aperture but has still managed to have sufficient depth of field to keep both birds sharp.

Congratulations to Nick on his Photo of the Week

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Other notable images

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Lee Gregory)

Little Egret
Little Egret, National Wetlands Centre, Carmarthen (Photo: Wayne Davies)

Rough-legged Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard, Holland Haven CP, Essex (Photo: John Pringle)

Short-toed Lark
Short-toed Lark, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Martin Goodey)

Sparrowhawk, Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire (Photo: Karl Bishop)

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis, Kilwinning, Ayrshire (Photo: Joe Graham)

Leach's Storm-petrel
Leach's Storm-petrel, Machrihanish (village), Argyll (Photo: Eddie Maguire)

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk (Photo: Chris Upson)

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Buckinghamshire (Photo: Craig Richardson)

Chestnut Bunting
Chestnut Bunting, Papa Westray, Orkney (Photo: Mark Rayment)

Rough-legged Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard, Holland Haven CP, Essex (Photo: John Richardson)

Buzzard, Poland (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Kestrel, Fleetwood, Lancashire (Photo: Ann Rhodes)

Written by: Steve Young