European Nightjar by Steve Ray
There are some birds that you dream about coming across by chance, and a European Nightjar perched in the open, in reasonable light and just waiting to be photographed, is probably one that most photographers have high on their wish lists.
Steve Ray has taken full advantage of the opportunity and taken a lovely shot of this resting migrant bird; it is even sitting on a nice-looking branch to make the image even better, and being side-on to the bird has ensured that it is all in focus.
Congratulations on his Photo of the Week to Steve, who used a 400 mm lens, shooting at 1/400th second at f5.6, at ISO400.
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
Spanish Sparrow, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)