Cetti's Warbler by David Shallcross
Given its loud and distinctive song, Cetti's Warbler tends to be a remarkably skulking and elusive species. But sometimes, with a lot of patience and a bit of luck, they can perform, as this image by David Shallcross shows.
Captured in characteristic pose with tail cocked on an uncluttered reedmace perch, this is a great image that has probably benefited from being taken on a dull day, eliminating any shadows that might have been cast across the bird.
An ISO setting of 2500 has allowed a shutter speed of 1/1000 th second to be used in combination with f11 aperture, which ensures the bird is sharp from front to back.
Congratulations to David on his winning image, taken with a 300 mm lens.
Other notable images
Bateleur, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa (Martyn Sidwell).
Hermit Thrush, Hallskot, Flói, Iceland (Alex Máni Guðríðarson).
Crested Lark, Utvrda Imperial, Dubrovnik, Croatia (Gordon Speirs).