Photo of the Week: 27 April – 3 May


Razorbill by Steve Race


Bempton Cliffs RSPB takes some beating when it comes to photographic opportunities for various auks and Gannets, and it is from this site that this week's winner was taken.

Steve Race has managed to capture this superb shot of a flying Razorbill hanging in the wind; with wings and tail spread, wind ruffling the feathers and head turned towards the photographer, it is hard to imagine a more perfect flight shot than this. The exposure is spot on and the uncluttered background just sets it off beautifully.

Congratulations to Steve on his Photo of the Week, which was taken with a 300 mm lens, shooting at 1/1600th second at f8 on ISO 400.

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

Treecreeper, undisclosed site, Durham (Photo: Ron Hindhaugh)

Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck, undisclosed site, Derbyshire (Photo: Steve Whiteley)

Razorbill, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Gordon Bowes)

Hoopoe, Romsley, Worcestershire (Photo: Robert Hart)

Kestrel, St. Just in Roseland, Cornwall (Photo: Peter Menear)

Blackcap, Three Sisters Recreation Area, Greater Manchester (Photo: Martyn Jones)

Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail, undisclosed site, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel, Cleeve Common, Gloucestershire (Photo: Dave Soons)

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, undisclosed site, Hertfordshire (Photo: Tom Hines)

Shag, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Photo: Cath Proffitt)

Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental Turtle Dove, Otford, Kent (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler, Penicuik, Lothian (Photo: Mike Thrower)

Willow Warbler, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire (Photo: Simon Richardson)

Cuckoo, Otmoor RSPB, Oxfordshire (Photo: Roger Wyatt)

Written by: Steve Young