Photo of the Week: 30 November – 6 December


European Stonechat by Mark Hynam


With a short, sharp, cold snap of weather occurring there were a few cold-looking images posted this week on Iris, one of which I've chosen as my winning shot this week: a lovely capture by Mark Hynam of a female European Stonechat shrouded by frosty branches.

You can almost feel the cold in this image, with the bird small in the frame, huddled up against the cold, with lots of frosty fingers surrounding it. It is a nicely exposed shot with lots of detail in the whites of the frost, and the composition is just about perfect.

Congratulations on his Photo of the Week to Mark, who sadly didn't include any lens/exposure details with the posting, but that takes nothing away from the photo.

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Other notable images

Killdeer, Sandwick, Mainland, Shetland (Photo: G W Petrie)

Velvet Scoter
Velvet Scoter, Trench Pool, Telford, Shropshire (Photo: Dave Tromans)

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Photo: Paul Coombes)

American Black Vulture
American Black Vulture, Brazil (Photo: Artur Stankiewicz)

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan, Antrim, Antrim (Photo: Ian Dickey)

Pintail, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Norman West)

Masked Wagtail
Masked Wagtail, Camrose, Pembrokeshire (Photo: Josh Jones)

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe, Ullswater, Cumbria (Photo: Sam Northwood)

Merlin, Seaton Snook, Cleveland (Photo: Ian Forrest)

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck, Musselburgh, Lothian (Photo: S Gillies)

Kingfisher, South Wigston, Leicestershire and Rutland (Photo: Paul Riddle)

Shelduck, Cliffe Pools RSPB, Kent (Photo: John Whitting)

Waxwing, Llysfaen, Conwy (Photo: John A Davis)

Redwing, Kidwelly, Carmarthen (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Long-tailed Widowbird
Long-tailed Widowbird, South Africa (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Written by: Steve Young