Two-barred Crossbill by David Cooper
It would appear that we could be in for an invasion of Two-barred Crossbills this year, with good numbers being reported from Shetland over the past couple of days. However, no matter how many are photographed, it will have to be a great shot to trump this week's winner from David Cooper.
What a cracking shot of a resplendent male this is. Perched perfectly in a spruce tree, with a gorgeous contrasting green background that really brings out the colours, this lovely composition shows off the wing-bars and tertial markings to perfection. It's hard to imagine a better-looking portrait than this.
Congratulations to David on his winning image, taken with a 400 mm lens and exposed at 1/800 th second, f10 on ISO 1,000.
Other notable images
Red-throated Diver, Myvatn, Iceland (Mark Wilson).
European Serin, Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal (Simon Satchell).
Hawfinch, Putte-Kapellen, Netherlands (Marc FASOL).