29/07/2015
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Photo of the Week: 22–28 July

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Common Snipe by Robbie Brookes

Common Snipe

If you've ever tried to photograph the subject of this week's winning photo then you'll know how difficult a shot it is to take. Robbie Brookes has done superbly well to capture this Common Snipe in full-on display, the outer tail feathers spread to make the 'drumming' noise as the air rushes through them.

Only by using a fast shutter speed can the action be captured and Robbie took this image at 1/2500th second, the ISO 1000 setting allowing for that with a 500mm lens giving enough magnification to freeze all the detail in a species which often displays at considerable height.

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Congratulations to Robbie on his winning Photo of the Week.

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

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire (Photo: Peter Garrity)

Little Owl
Little Owl, Wayoh Reservoir, Lancashire (Photo: John Barlow)

Bee-eater
Bee-eater, Bulgaria (Photo: Russell Hayes)

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker, Calne, Wiltshire (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Suffolk (Photo: Jon Evans)

Guillemot
Guillemot, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Photo: Mark Hope)

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Nick Brown)

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron, Romania (Photo: Marc FASOL)

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk with Blackbird, Pentyrch, Glamorgan (Photo: Cliff Woodhead)

Gannet
Gannet, Hermaness NNR, Unst, Shetland (Photo: Robbie Brookes)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Gary Richardson)

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl, undisclosed site, Devon (Photo: Steve Hatch)

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Garth Peacock)

Written by: Steve Young