Yellow Wagtail by Geoff Snowball
Yellow Wagtail is without doubt one of the most beautiful birds to breed in Britain, yet a 75% decline in the five decades to 2017 means that it is no longer a familiar sight for many of us. Living in Wiltshire, photographer Geoff Snowball is fortunate enough to have a decent local population close by and regularly uploads images of this species to the BirdGuides gallery. Geoff's latest series of shots documented the display of a male Yellow Wagtail, with some striking shapes thrown by the bird caught very effectively on camera. One of these, shown above, is this week's Photo of the Week winner – set against a complementary green background, the male's unusual 'stretching' display is shown brilliantly here, with the raised head creating an eye-catching contrast between the yellow plumage, and black bill and eyes. Congratulations to Geoff on this innovative winner!
Other notable images
Harlequin Duck, Myvatn, Iceland (Chris Hawes).
Isabelline Shrike, Dornod , Mongolia (Silas Olofson).
Snow Bunting, Flatey, Breiðafjörður, Iceland (Dave Jackson).