Photo of the Week: 24–30 August


Greenish Warbler by Roger Riddington

Greenish Warbler
Greenish Warbler, Quendale, Mainland, Shetland (Photo: Roger Riddington)

We get so used to action shots on Iris that sometimes we can overlook a simple portrait that can be extremely effective, especially when it is of a fast-moving warbler and one that 'shouldn't really be here'. Roger Riddington's lovely shot of a Greenish Warbler fits the bill completely.

This very scarce migrant has been caught in a beautiful pose, with head slightly back, wings dropped and at a nice angle for a perfect identification image. Captured delicately perched on a leaf, it shows how light and dainty these birds are, able to land virtually anywhere while searching for insects.

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Congratulations to Roger on his Photo of the Week, taken with a 400 mm lens at 1/800th second at f6.3 on ISO 1000.

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Other notable images

Kingfisher, undisclosed site, Dumfries & Galloway (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Northern Royal Albatross
Northern Royal Albatross, New Zealand (Photo: Dale Hanson)

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit, Sandwich Bay, Kent (Photo: Steve Ray)

Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Ecuador (Photo: Tony Hovell)

Storm Petrel
Storm Petrel, Rubha Reidh, Highland (Photo: Nick Davies)

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher, undisclosed site, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Michael Sherwin)

Little Stint
Little Stint, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Photo: Dave Collins)

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Joe Pender)

Water Rail
Water Rail, Seaton Marshes, Devon (Photo: Tim White)

Swallow, undisclosed site, Lincolnshire (Photo: Col Scott)

Written by: Steve Young