05/04/2017
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Photo of the Week: 29 March – 4 April

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Ring Ouzel by Bob Garrett

Ring Ouzel

The 13th week of the year proved anything but unlucky for Bob Garrett, who took this cracking image of a male Ring Ouzel to earn this week's top accolade.

The beautiful light falling on this bird has really brought out the feather detail and given a highlight in the eye. Perched on gorse in a perfect pose and with a nice complementary-coloured background, portrait shots don’t get much better than this.

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Congratulations to Bob, who took his winning photo with a 400 mm lens and a 1.4× converter, shooting at 1/1250th second, f8 on ISO 640.

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

Hooded Dotterel
Hooded Dotterel, Australia (Photo: Graeme Risdon)

Peregrine
Peregrine, undisclosed site, Derbyshire (Photo: Robert Booth)

Torrent Duck
Torrent Duck, Peru (Photo: Jacques Cloutier)

Kestrel
Kestrel, Hengistbury Head, Dorset (Photo: Joe)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier, undisclosed site, Essex (Photo: Pixellence)

Variable Oystercatcher
Variable Oystercatcher, New Zealand (Photo: Gerard Lee)

Little Owl
Little Owl, Portland, Dorset (Photo: Tony Hovell)

Dipper
Dipper, Milldale, Staffordshire (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Hawfinch
Hawfinch, Lynford Arboretum, Norfolk (Photo: Jonathan Theobald)

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser, Sound of Islay, Argyll (Photo: Andrew Rosochacki)

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle, Sweden (Photo: Kath Everitt)

Written by: Steve Young