Photo of the Week: 26 October – 1 November


Hen Harrier by John Clark

Hen Harrier

A wonderful flying capture of a male Hen Harrier by John Clark is this week's winning image. This is a really lovely shot, with a perfect exposure revealing incredible underwing feather detail as the bird banks in front of the photographer.

This shot also illustrates the quality of today's top cameras and lenses, being taken at 1/1600th second at f11 on ISO 8000, while using a 500mm lens combined with a 2× converter.

Congratulations to John on winning our Photo of the Week award. We now enter the final two months of an incredible year for stunning images — what else is to come?

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

Pine Bunting
Pine Bunting, Bressay, Shetland (Photo: Richard Bonser)

Black-throated Accentor
Black-throated Accentor, Finland (Photo: Petteri Hytönen)

Coues' Arctic Redpoll
Coues' Arctic Redpoll, Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland (Photo: Brendan Doe)

Red Kite
Red Kite, Llanddeusant, Carmarthen (Photo: Wayne Davies)

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper, Hengistbury Head, Dorset (Photo: Joe)

Eastern Black Redstart
Eastern Black Redstart, Skinningrove, Cleveland (Photo: Jim Almond)

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear, Cley Marshes NWT, Norfolk (Photo: Jaz)

Little Egret
Little Egret, Pennington Flash CP, Greater Manchester (Photo: John Tymon)

Hoopoe, Hazlewood Marshes SWT, Suffolk (Photo: Jeff Higgott)

Stonechat, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire (Photo: Russell Hayes)

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Roy Shilham)

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull, Canada (Photo: Mr.D.T. Greenwood)

Shore Lark
Shore Lark, Hayling Island, Hampshire (Photo: Paul Loader)

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear, Redcar, Cleveland (Photo: Brian Martin)

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck, Musselburgh, Lothian (Photo: S Gillies)

Egyptian Plover
Egyptian Plover, Gambia (Photo: Ed Hutchings)

Written by: Steve Young