Photo of the Week: 25-31 October


White-rumped Sandpiper by John Rowe


It was the reflection that immediately took my eye in this week's winning image of a White-rumped Sandpiper, taken in Cornwall by John Rowe.

Perfectly exposed and caught in side-on profile, which means every feather on show for the identification purists, even including the white rump. With no distracting background or foreground, your eye is drawn to the bird, before wandering down to take in that mirror-image reflection on the perfectly still water. Lovely!

Congratulations to John on his winning capture, taken with a 500 mm lens plus a 1.4x converter and shot at 1/1250th second at f9 on ISO1000. 


Other notable images


Merlin, Steart WWT, Somerset & Bristol (Carl Bovis)

Song Thrush, Caerhun, Conwy (Bob Garrett)

Ptarmigan, Glen Shee (nr Perth), Perth & Kinross (Joe Graham)

Twite, East Chevington NWT, Northumberland (Alan Jack)

Common Rock Thrush, Pwll-du, Gwent (Kev Joynes)

Eurasian Bittern, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Jonathan Theobald)

Long-tailed Duck, Isles of Scilly, Isles of Scilly (Joe Pender)

Hen Harrier, Otmoor RSPB, Oxfordshire (Jon Mercer)

Common Buzzard, Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire (Jon Mercer)

Great White Pelican, Ein Hamifratz, Northern District, Israel (Wally Harris)

Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll, Baltasound, Unst, Shetland (Micky Maher)

Written by: Steve Young