10/02/2021
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Photo of the Week: 3-9 February 2021

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Eurasian Curlew by Ben Lucking

 

 

This outstanding image of a Eurasian Curlew, taken on the Exe Estuary in Devon by Ben Lucking, is our top shot this week. While it may still be a familiar sight in parts of coastal Britain, the species has declined significantly over recent decades and there is every possibility that, without action, it might be lost as a breeder in the future. Thus, every encounter – especially one as intimate as this – should be cherished.

A naturally shy and wary species, getting close to Eurasian Curlews for such a good shot is no easy feat. Ben has made the most of some stunning winter sunshine and a low angle to create effective depth of field on this eye-catching image.

 

Other notable images

 

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Mute Swan, Alvaston, Derbyshire (Neil Loverock).


Eurasian Woodcock, Snettisham (village), Norfolk (Les Bunyan).


Little Owl, Green Moor, South Yorkshire (Peter Garrity).


Northern Mockingbird, Exmouth, Devon (Ben Lucking).


Long-tailed Tit, Keighley, West Yorkshire (Irene Harrison).


Little Bunting, Thursley Common, Surrey (Neil Hilton).


Goldfinch, Westonzoyland, Somerset & Bristol (Carl Bovis).