30/03/2016
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Photo of the Week: 23–29 March

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Chiffchaff by Fausto Riccioni

Chiffchaff

Flying warblers are a pretty tricky subject to photograph successfully and yet for the second time this month there is a flying warbler taking the coveted POTW.

It was Pallas's Warbler that won in the first week of March and now a Chiffchaff by Fausto Riccioni has the honour. This lovely shot is made even better with the addition of the fly that the Chiffchaff is attempting to catch; throw in the blue sky and the image is complete.

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There is always an element of luck with any flight shot regarding positioning of wings, but Fausto has made the most of the opportunity and produced a wining image.

The only details provided were that it was taken with a 150–600mm lens and on Sport Auto setting; I should imagine the auto setting would have given a shutter speed of around 1/4000th second at f5.6.

Congratulations to Fausto on his POTW; only another few days and we move into April and spring should really begin.

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

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Buzzard
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Linnet
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Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck, Norway (Photo: Tom Wallis)

Goosander
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Ptarmigan
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Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Photo: Roy Rimmer)

Oystercatcher
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Ptarmigan
Ptarmigan, Cairn Gorm, Highland (Photo: Marcus Conway - ebirder)

Great White Egret
Great White Egret, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Chris Hooper)

Firecrest
Firecrest, Dungeness NNR, Kent (Photo: Brian Anderson)

African Blue Tit
African Blue Tit, Morocco (Photo: Jake Gearty)

Blue Tit
Blue Tit, Great Ashby, Hertfordshire (Photo: Steven Lane)

Sparrowhawk
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Water Rail
Water Rail, Edinburgh, Lothian (Photo: Mark Caunt)

Written by: Steve Young