Barn Owl by Kit Day
What a truly beautiful image this week's winner of a Barn Owl by Kit Day is. Taken late afternoon as the sun sets, this is a tricky image to expose correctly and would be very easy to under-expose, resulting in a silhouetted owl.
Everything has come together perfectly in this image. The feather detail is superb, the colours are wonderful and the backlit owl is offset by a lovely 'halo'.
It also shows once more that the bird doesn't have to be large in the frame to make a great photograph. If this was my image, it'd be printed on canvas and given pride of place on my wall!
Congratulations to Kit on his stunning winner, taken with a 600 mm lens and 1.4x converter at 1/2000 th second, f5.6 on ISO 2,000.
Other notable images
Great Grey Owl, Black River Valley, Sweden (Colin Bradshaw).
Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Tendaba, Gambia (Kit Day).