Photo of the Week: 28 November-4 December 2022


Razorbill by Ray Galea



Taking images of birds underwater is a rare opportunity for photographers, yet occasionally the stars align and a combination of clear water, a good angle and a confiding bird means the opportunity manifests itself. Recently, a significant influx of Razorbills to the Mediterranean Sea – where the species is normally very scarce – has led to some unusual sightings for local birders.

This particular individual was recently seen and photographed by Maltese birder, Ray Galea, who enjoyed great views of the bird swimming and diving close inshore. Representing just the third record for Malta in the last 50 years, Ray has 'nailed' the shot with this phenomenal underwater image of the auk diving in crystal-clear blue water. The overall sharpness of the image, a brilliant, head-on pose and the bubbles boiling off the bird's back all combine to make for a deserved Photo of the Week winner. Well done to Ray!


Other notable images


Black Redstart, Northam Burrows CP, Devon (Steve Hatch).

Goldfinch, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Jonathan Bull).

Tree Sparrow, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Glyn Sellors).

Sanderling, Northam Burrows CP, Devon (Steve Hatch).

Little Stint, Cheddar Reservoir, Somerset & Bristol (Alex Carlisle).

Northern Pintail, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Ian Bollen).

Merlin, Isle of Sheppey, Kent (Terry Laws).

Hen Harrier, Prestwick Carr, Northumberland (Frank Golding).

Hen Harrier, Catcott Lows NR, Somerset & Bristol (Andrew Kirby).

Black Redstart, Severn Beach, Gloucestershire (Jonathan Bull).

Myrtle Warbler, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Rik Addison).

Written by: BirdGuides