Common Quail by David Chapman
My own views of Common Quail have consisted of a dark, shadowy shape moving through long grass while singing or the classic "there it is" as it flies away across a field, so you can see why it is totally missing from my photo files.
So, when I saw this shot by David Chapman I had no hesitation in electing it as this week's winner. What an amazing close-up this is: sharpness and exposure are spot on, with so many intricate feather details, not usually seen by birders, clearly on show.
Taken from the car after a patient wait, David used a 600 mm lens, shooting at 1/1250th second, f6.3 on ISO 1,000. Congratulations to David on a cracking winning image.
Other notable images
Cirl Bunting, Corme-Royal, France (Thomas Broxup).
Red-footed Falcon, Greece (Michalis Kotsakis).
Common Chiffchaff, Kalmthout, Belgium (Marc Fasol).