05/07/2017
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Photo of the Week: 28 June – 4 July

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Arctic Skua by John Anderson

Arctic Skua

This week's winner is a lovely portrait of an Arctic Skua by John Anderson. Sometimes the hardest part of photographing our skua species is actually getting to the remote sites where they breed, but once the effort has been made the Scottish islands are wonderful places to visit.

Skua colonies are fantastic with many opportunities for photographs, but taking one that stands out from the rest can be difficult. This has been achieved with this shot as the raised wings and head turned towards the lens show a portrait that is little bit different from a side-on standard shot.

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Enough of the habitat is shown to give the 'feel' of the surroundings, while the green out-of-focus background adds to the image. Congratulations to John, who used a 500 mm lens and shot at 1/1600th second, f5.6 at ISO 1000.

We are now exactly half way through the year, this being the 26th winner of 2017; 23 photographers have shared those winning captures, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the year unfolds.

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

Black-browed Albatross
Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Tony Dixon)

Purple Heron
Purple Heron, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Ian Goodall)

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher, Wayoh Reservoir, Lancashire (Photo: John Barlow)

Treecreeper
Treecreeper, Ford Green NR, Staffordshire (Photo: Mick)

Red-footed Falcon
Red-footed Falcon, Grove Ferry NNR, Kent (Photo: Steve Ashton)

Bee-eater
Bee-eater, East Leake, Nottinghamshire (Photo: Jason Ward)

Sand Martin
Sand Martin, Blashford Lakes HWT, Hampshire (Photo: Craig Richardson)

Puffin
Puffin, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Photo: Andy Hall)

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler, Bawdsey, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Oriental Plover
Oriental Plover, Norway (Photo: Steve Baines)

Common Scoter
Common Scoter, Astbury Mere CP, Cheshire (Photo: Steve Seal)

Swallow
Swallow, Langford Lakes, Wiltshire (Photo: Mike Trew)

Written by: Steve Young