Photo of the Week: 30 March–5 April


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.

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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!

You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.

Other notable images

Garganey, Strumpshaw Fen RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Mick Davis)

Stonechat, Bardsey Island, Gwynedd (Photo: Ben Porter)

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipits, Hengistbury Head, Dorset (Photo: Joe)

Goldcrest, The Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire (Photo: Derek Lees)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Leicestershire and Rutland (Photo: Graham Munton)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Jon Evans)

Sanderling, Worthing, West Sussex (Photo: Leigh Prevost)

Lapland Bunting
Lapland Bunting, Blakeney Freshmarsh, Norfolk (Photo: Paul Coombes)

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe, Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire (Photo: Ian Curran)

Avocet, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Carl Wright)

Common Snipe
Common Snipe, undisclosed site, South Yorkshire (Photo: Mark Dunhill)

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Leicestershire and Rutland (Photo: Paul Riddle)

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Cyprus (Photo: Brian Harrison)

Red Grouse
Red Grouse, Farr, Highland (Photo: Pauline Greenhalgh)

Written by: Steve Young