Photo of the Week: 30 September – 6 October


Blyth's Reed Warbler by Graham Clarke

Blyth's Reed Warbler

This week's winning shot by Graham Clarke shows that not all rarity photos have to be full-frame; his Blyth's Reed Warbler image captures the species perfectly and yet is greatly enhanced by being small in the frame, but nicely perched on an Angelica to create a distinctive 'Shetland vagrant' scene.

The image is also a fantastic identification shot, showing off the short primary projection of Blyth's in its characteristic 'banana' pose, beautifully caught by the photographer. A 500mm lens and a 1.4× converter were used, mounted on a tripod, and the image was shot at 1/800th second, f5.6 at ISO500.

Congratulations to Graham on his well-deserved Photo of the Week — and also for managing to hide the ring that is on the other leg!

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Other notable images

Kingfisher, undisclosed site, Derbyshire (Photo: Mary Wilde)

Goldfinch, Whitley Bay, Northumberland (Photo: Heiko Peters)

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hestingott, Mainland, Shetland (Photo: Peter Garrity)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland (Photo: Martyn Sidwell)

Crossbill, Haldon Forest, Devon (Photo: Charlie Fleming)

Common Snipe
Common Snipe, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Howard Kearley)

Firecrest, Dungeness NNR, Kent (Photo: Graham Cox)

Jay, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Simon Richardson)

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk, Brazil (Photo: John Anderson)

Blackcap, Landguard NR, Suffolk (Photo: Nick Brown)

Osprey, Weston Turville Reservoir, Buckinghamshire (Photo: Peter Walkden)

Spoonbill, Malta (Photo: Natalino Fenech)

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl, Ipswich, Suffolk (Photo: Jonathan Theobald)

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull, Weston Turville Reservoir, Buckinghamshire (Photo: Ian Curran)

Jackdaw, Richmond Park, Greater London (Photo: Mr Clive Daelman)

Written by: Steve Young