Great Black-backed Gull by Peter Duncan
Last week, many areas – but especially Scotland and northern England – were subjected to extreme conditions as Storm Arwen battered these shores. Life can be challenging enough for humans at such times, but spare a thought for how difficult things must be for birds during exceptional periods of weather.
Peter Duncan's moody shot epitomses the hardships faced by seabirds around our coastline. Here, a Great Black-backed Gull – one of the toughest birds around – fights its way into the gale with Tynemouth Lighthouse and heavy seas as a backdrop. This evocative scene is a true reminder of the power of nature and is a worthy winner of this week's award.
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