02/09/2015
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Photo of the Week: 26 August - 1 September

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Common Quail by Paul Rowe

Quail

There are some species that I've never managed to point a lens at, despite seeing them on a number of occasions, and this week's winning shot is one of them. A singing Common Quail is a rare sight indeed, so Paul Rowe did exceptionally well to capture this individual in full voice in Cambridgeshire a little earlier in the summer.

With long grass being this species' favoured habitat, Paul has done well to manage a shot showing the head in the open; the partially obscured body isn't an issue and in fact I think it adds to impression of secrecy so often associated with the species.

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Focus is spot on, which could have been problematic with waving grass stems in front of the subject; it must have been great to see and hear this bird at such close range rather than listen to it hidden halfway across a field.

Congratulations to Paul on his Photo of the Week.

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

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher, Bawdsey, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Great Shearwater
Great Shearwater, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Jim Almond)

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper, Coate Water CP, Wiltshire (Photo: Graham Cox)

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper, Hauxley NR, Northumberland (Photo: Tim Mason)

Sanderling
Sanderling, Holkham Gap, Norfolk (Photo: Matt Crosby)

Cory's Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Joe Pender)

Kingfisher
Kingfisher, undisclosed site, Shropshire (Photo: Paul Burgess)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier with Teal, Cley Marshes NWT, Norfolk (Photo: Kev Joynes)

Lesser Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat, Valyie, Unst, Shetland (Photo: Robbie Brookes)

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail, Quendale, Mainland, Shetland (Photo: Roger Riddington)

Little Egret
Little Egret, Strumpshaw Fen RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Elizabeth Dack)

Wryneck
Wryneck, Hook-with-Warsash LNR, Hampshire (Photo: Lee Fuller)

Wren
Wren, Fairburn Ings RSPB, West Yorkshire (Photo: Barry Nield)

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher, Elan Valley, Powys (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Written by: Steve Young