Photo of the Week: 26 August - 1 September


Common Quail by Paul Rowe


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.

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.

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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, Holkham Gap, Norfolk (Photo: Matt Crosby)

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

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

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

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

Written by: Steve Young