Gyr Falcon by Dennis Morrison
Some may say: "Gyr Falcon winning again? What's going on?" But to photograph a Gyr eating a Mute Swan, as Dennis Morrison has done so successfully, certainly deserves the accolade of Photo of the Week, even though the same bird was a winner just two weeks ago!
It's a superb shot, and one that has probably led every photographer to say: "Wish I'd taken that." It's beautifully exposed and nicely framed and cropped, with the emphasis clearly on the majestic Gyr.
Congratulations to Dennis on his winning shot, which was taken using a 600 mm lens, shooting at 1/1000th second at f7.1 and ISO 400. If a Gyr is to win again, it will have be a shot of the falcon taking prey mid-air, against a blue sky, large in the frame with a highlight in both the prey and predator's eyes!
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Other notable images
Pallid Harrier, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Cyprus (Photo: Brian Harrison)