Photo of the Week: 25 April-2 May 2022


Common Redstart and Tawny Owl by Mike Warburton



Have you ever seen a Common Redstart and a Tawny Owl alongside one another? The answer to that question is almost certainly "no", making Mike Warburton's unusual species pairing a unique winning image this Tuesday. The owl, with one eye half-closed, looks somewhat unimpressed at the attentions of the redstart, which itself must've been feeling a little alarmed when confronted by the predator. Mike has done really well to get both birds in the frame and simultaneously capture both species in engaging poses – to the point that the viewer can get a sense of what the real-life situation must've been like, with the redstart bobbing around animatedly and the sleepy owl slowly moving its head to follow the movements of its mobber. Congratulations to Mike on a superb POTW.


Other notable images


Ptarmigan, Sutherland, Britain (Dan Brown).

Glossy Ibis and Garganey, Castlemartyr, Cork (Gemma Kelleher).

Black-winged Stilt, Marano Lagunare, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Raffaele Cargnelutti).

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Eurasian Dotterel, Bryher, Isles of Scilly (Kris Webb).

Black Tern, Carr Mill Dam, Lancashire (Martyn Jones).

Little Gull, Elton Reservoir, Greater Manchester (Martin Loftus).

Black Redstart, Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire (Dan Owen).

Northern Wheatear, Stanage Edge, Derbyshire (Richard Pittam).

Pied Flycatcher, Church Stretton, Shropshire (Tony Webb).

Garden Warbler, Broom GPs, Bedfordshire (Paul Kaiser).

Dunnock, Les Landes, Jersey (Romano Da Costa).

Written by: BirdGuides