Barn Swallow by Robert Booth
I had no hesitation in choosing Robert Booth's stunning shot of a juvenile Barn Swallow drinking on the wing as this week's winner. If you've ever tried to take this image yourselves, you'll know how difficult a shot it is; I'm still trying …
As well as capturing the bird perfectly with bill wide open at the critical moment, the green water and reflection sets off the image to perfection. The lighting is just about perfect while exposure and sharpness are spot on.
Congratulations to Robert on his Photo of the Week; he used a 300mm lens, ISO set at 400, aperture at f5.6 and shot at a relatively slow shutter speed for this type of shot of 1/500th second.
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Other notable images
Least Sandpiper, France (Photo: Pierre-André Crochet)
Black-necked Grebe, Spain (Photo: Paul Coombes)