Photo of the Week: 26 July-1 August 2021


Puffin by Chris Hawes



Our latest Photo of the Week winner by Chris Hawes is a fine example of how effective light conditions can make an image really stand out. While this is a well composed shot of a Puffin for starters, it is the low sun and resultant golden cast to the photo that truly sets it apart, particularly when the subject is such a generally well-photographed species.

Congratulations to Chris on his Photo of the Week, which was taken recently – during peak 'seabird colony season' – on the delightful, Puffin-filled island of Skomer.


Other notable images


Wood Sandpiper, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire (Ian Bollen).

Pectoral Sandpiper, Adwick Washlands RSPB (Dearne Valley), South Yorkshire (Peter Garrity).

Yellow-legged Gull, Cork City, Cork (Harry Hussey).

Elegant Tern, Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey (Nathaniel Dargue).

Common Tern, Titchfield Haven NNR, Hampshire (Chris Rose).

Southern White-faced Owl, Solitaire, Namibia (Dom Rollinson).

Himalayan Monal, Chopta | Uttarakhand, India (Vipul Ramanuj).

Common Cuckoo, undisclosed site, Antrim (Jonathan Rosborough).

European Turtle Dove, Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk (Mark Leitch).

Yellow Wagtail, Sharpness, Gloucestershire (Andrew Jordan).

Spotted Flycatcher, Llandrindod Wells, Powys (Kev Joynes).

Lesser Redpoll, Keighley, West Yorkshire (Irene Harrison).