05/06/2019
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Photo of the Week: 29 May-4 June

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Common Kestrel by Clive Daelman

 


Common Kestrel, Richmond Park, London (Clive Daelman).

An unusual shot of a female Common Kestrel dustbathing, by Clive Daelman, is the top shot this week. Like many, I should imagine, seeing this behaviour from a bird of prey was a first for me; maybe it’s regular but just not observed?

Whatever the case, Clive certainly saw it, took advantage of the situation and captured the moment beautifully, with a highlight in the eye, feathers ruffled and the feet just scraping some gravel and dust – lovely!

Congratulations to Clive, who used a 600 mm lens, shooting at a very fast shutter speed of 1/8000 th second at f7.1 aperture with ISO set at 1600.
 

Other notable images

 


Common Whitethroat, Ogmore-by-Sea, Glamorgan (Jeff Lack).


Common Eider, Hodbarrow RSPB, Cumbria (Gordon Speirs).


Wood Warbler, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy (Denis Eagling).

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Guillemot, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Nick Truby).


Little Grebe, Llandrindod Wells, Powys (Kev Joynes).


Great Knot, Skaw, Unst, Shetland (Allan Conlin).


Grey Heron, Caerphilly, Glamorgan (Brian Scott).


Common Cuckoo, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway (Paul Watkins).


European Bee-eater, unknown, Bulgaria (Kath Everitt).


Eurasian Bullfinch, undisclosed site, Highland (Toby Houlton).


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat (Vipul Ramanuj).


Great Crested Grebe, Cardiff, Glamorgan (Jeff Lack).

Written by: Steve Young