Photo of the Week: 24–30 May


Common Kestrel by Simon Richardson


This week's winning capture is a stunning upperwing flight shot of a male Common Kestrel by Simon Richardson.

This species is always a popular subject to photograph and post on BirdGuides, but underwing shots are by far the easier image to take and it is hard to imagine a more perfect pose than this one: a beautiful portrait in its own right, but also a fantastic identification picture.

With wings and tail fully spread to show every intricate plumage detail, the beauty of this still relatively common raptor can often be overlooked. Nicely exposed, with a highlight in the eye and a blue sky background: what more could you want from any flight shot?

Congratulations to Simon on being this week's winner; he used a 300 mm lens with 1.4× converter attached, ISO200 and shot at 1/4000th second with an f5 aperture.

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Other notable images

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl, Lostwithiel, Cornwall (Photo: Peter Menear)

Yellowhammer, Hollesley, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper, Spain (Photo: Dave Williams)

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher, undisclosed site, Powys (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

White-rumped Swift
White-rumped Swift, Spain (Photo: Daniel Branch)

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike, Spain (Photo: Paul Coombes)

Starling, Preston, Lancashire (Photo: Martin Jump)

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler, Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Mike Trew)

Night Heron
Night Heron, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Photo: Keith Mallett)

Swallow, Spurn YWT, East Yorkshire (Photo: Jake Gearty)

Written by: Steve Young