Photo of the Week: 23–29 December


Dunlin by Charlie Fleming


It appears that Charlie Fleming has spent a lot of time staking out various waders using wooden posts at Turf, Devon, as perches. His patience and persistence have paid off with this lovely shot of a Dunlin trying to dislodge another from this prime position.

Shooting with a 500 mm lens and a 1.4× converter Charlie used ISO 1250 to obtain a 1/6400th second shutter speed to freeze the action; the plain blue background leaves your eye free to follow the bird and wonder if it was actually successful in its exploits.

Congratulations to Charlie on his POTW.

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Other notable images

Greater Flameback
Greater Flameback, Sri Lanka (Photo: Dave Williams)

Oystercatcher, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk (Photo: Brian Anderson)

Kingfisher, Pwllheli, Gwynedd (Photo: George Ewart)

Pheasant, Crail, Fife (Photo: John Anderson)

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret, Sea Palling, Norfolk (Photo: Jon Evans)

Barn Owl
Barn Owl, undisclosed site, Norfolk (Photo: Baz Scampion)

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl, undisclosed site, South Yorkshire (Photo: Chris)

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier, Flitcham, Norfolk (Photo: Tony Orwell)

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck, Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross (Photo: Dennis Morrison)

Blakiston's Eagle-Owl
Blakiston's Eagle-Owl, Japan (Photo: Richard Bonser)

Written by: Steve Young