30/09/2015
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Photo of the Week: 23–29 September

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Kingfisher by David Shallcross

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, Pennington Flash CP, Greater Manchester (Photo: David Shallcross)

Kingfisher is a perennially popular subject with photographers in our Iris gallery, and this species shows no sign of losing its status judging by this week's submissions. It's always good to take portraits of such a superbly plumaged bird, but with so much competition they do have to have that something extra to make them stand out from the crowd.

This week's winning shot by David Shallcross certainly has the X Factor, his stunning portrait showing a male bird perched up in full view with not one but two fish in its bill — a rare sight indeed, and one not often caught on camera.

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Using a 500 mm lens with a 1.4× converter, David shot at 1/1,000th second at f10 aperture, ensuring that his image had sufficient depth of field for the whole bird to be sharp; the plain, out-of-focus background makes sure that nothing distracts from the subject.

Double congratulations to David, as he reports that his Photo of the Week was taken on the same day his first grandson was born!

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

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Fetlar, Shetland (Photo: Ben Lewis)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Micky Maher)

Little Egret
Little Egret, Falmouth, Cornwall (Photo: Ben Porter)

Kestrel
Kestrel, Hollesley Marshes RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Nick Brown)

Buzzard
Buzzard, Croggan, Mull, Argyll (Photo: Jon Evans)

Red Grouse
Red Grouse, Amulree, Perth & Kinross (Photo: Marek Szczepanek)

Hobby
Hobby, Marsh Lane NR, West Midlands (Photo: Max Silverman)

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Qatar (Photo: Gavin Farnell)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Fair Isle, Shetland (Photo: Rebecca Nason)

Osprey
Osprey, Weston Turville Reservoir, Buckinghamshire (Photo: Ian Curran)

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit, Grove Ferry NNR, Kent (Photo: Steve Ashton)

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

Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon, Brazil (Photo: John Anderson)

Written by: Steve Young