30/11/2016
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Photo of the Week: 23–29 November

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Tawny Owl by Howard Kearley

Tawny Owl

Owls are a much-loved subject on Iris with many images of various species posted throughout the year; Howard Kearley's shot of a Tawny Owl with prey is up there with the best of them.

Presumably lots of night vigils will have taken place to watch, wait and learn the owl's favoured area and feeding perches; even then it is still not easy to take shots like this. Using the 270mm setting of a 200–500mm zoom, shooting at 1/250th second at f10 on ISO500 and with flash has resulted in this superb capture as the Tawny begins to devour its catch with outstretched wings.

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Congratulations to Howard on his Photo of the Week, yet another stunning winner to enjoy.

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

Egyptian Plover
Egyptian Plover, Gambia (Photo: Dave Williams)

Water Rail
Water Rail, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike, Sutton Common, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, Kidwelly, Carmarthen (Photo: Wayne Davies)

Guillemot
Guillemot, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Photo: Billy Harbottle)

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck, Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross (Photo: Mark Johnson)

Cormorant
Cormorant, Messingham Sand Quarry, Lincolnshire (Photo: Gordon Bowes)

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Photo: Ron Marshall)

Hen Harrier
Hen Harrier, undisclosed site, Northumberland (Photo: Heiko Peters)

Waxwing
Waxwing, New Costessey, Norfolk (Photo: Stephen Whayman)

Jay
Jay, Bridgend, Glamorgan (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Blackbird
Blackbird, Corsham Park, Wiltshire (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

Common Gull
Common Gull, Backwell, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Carl Bovis)

Written by: Steve Young