02/12/2015
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Photo of the Week: 25 November – 1 December

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American Bittern by Richard Mills

American Bittern

An American Bittern striding along the side of a ditch, an almost purposeful look on its face with an "I'm going this way and nothing is stopping me" attitude; what more could you want from a winning image?

This is a wonderfully caught shot by Richard Mills of the well-watched bird at Castlefreke, Ireland, and getting it must have taken a lot of patience. Richard kept his distance when taking the shot, using a 500mm lens and a 1.7× converter on a camera with a 1.5x crop factor. A shutter speed of 1/640th second has perfectly stopped the movement as the bird makes its way through the vegetation.

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Congratulations to Richard on his POTW; a new species and a new photographer to add to this year's winners.

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

Black-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver, Hartlepool, Cleveland (Photo: Ian Forrest)

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Photo: Dave Soons)

Nuthatch
Nuthatch, Cannop Ponds, Gloucestershire (Photo: Clive daelman)

Firecrest
Firecrest, Cardiff Bay, Glamorgan (Photo: Peter Howlett)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, Clara Vale LNR, Durham (Photo: Ron Hindhaugh)

Bittern
Bittern, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper, Newhaven, East Sussex (Photo: Bob Eade)

Robin
Robin, Chivenor, Devon (Photo: Martin Bond)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk (Photo: Tim Hemmings)

Fan-tailed Warbler
Fan-tailed Warbler, Cyprus (Photo: Nigel Bell)

Blackbird
Blackbird, Llandudno, Conwy (Photo: Bob Garrett)

Barred Warbler
Barred Warbler, Thorntonloch, Lothian (Photo: Dennis Morrison)

Written by: Steve Young