Yellow-billed Kite by Dave Jackson
Temperatures may have plummeted across Britain this week but you can certainly feel the heat being emitted by the fire in Dave Jackson's spectacular image. Taken in the Gambia, this extraordinary scene shows a Yellow-billed Kite patrolling the margins of the blaze, creating a striking silhouette against the rising flames and plumes of smoke, and adding a sense of serenity to an otherwise chaotic scene. Controlled burning is widely practised across the world and many birds have learned to make the most of the opportunities it offers for finding an easy meal, with small mammals and insects being intercepted by the strategic predators as they flee the flames. Dave's image gives a great snapshot of this in action and we can only imagine what an assault on the senses it must have been to be there, watching the scene unfold! Congratulations to Dave on a very different but undoubtedly effective POTW winner.
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