Photo of the Week: 3–9 February


Goldfinches by Mark Johnson


It looks like Mark Johnson has taken advantage of one of the few sunny days of the winter to capture this superb image of a Goldfinch dispute.

Anyone who has photographed this species will know how they betray their lovely gentle looks when they arrive to feed, with lots of arguments over perches taking place.

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A 500mm lens was used for this shot and even though it was a good day for light Mark still set the ISO to 1600 so he could achieve a shutter speed of 1/4000th second to freeze the action; the background colour greatly adds to the image and sets the whole scene off perfectly.

Congratulations to Mark on his winning POTW; five different winners and five different species up to now this year.

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

Nutcracker, Finland (Photo: Dave Barnes)

American Wigeon
American Wigeon, Scalby Mills, North Yorkshire (Photo: Steve Race)

Treecreeper, Clara Vale LNR, Durham (Photo: Marsch)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, Lunt, Lancashire (Photo: David Shallcross)

Bittern, Far Ings NR, Lincolnshire (Photo: Gordon Bowes)

Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire (Photo: Jim Welford)

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing, United States (Photo: Artur Stankiewicz)

Penduline Tit
Penduline Tit, Saltholme RSPB, Cleveland (Photo: Arto Maatta)

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck, Filey, North Yorkshire (Photo: Martin Standley)

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit, Forge Valley NNR, North Yorkshire (Photo: Christopher Bell)

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver, Alton Water, Suffolk (Photo: Barry Woodhouse)

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser, Port Carlisle, Cumbria (Photo: Sam Northwood)

Written by: Steve Young