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.
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