Photo of the Week: 31 May – 6 June


Red-necked Phalarope by John Dickenson

Red-necked Phalarope

This week's winning shot of a female Red-necked Phalarope by John Dickenson brought back lots of happy memories for me of a three-day trip to the same area of Iceland a few years ago.

Unlike in the UK, this species is common in Iceland and they are very easy to photograph, so it takes something a little bit special to make one image stand out from the rest. This has been achieved beautifully in this capture with the phalarope riding the crest of a wave and taken from a low angle viewpoint; lovely light has given the all-important highlight to the eye and there is the added bonus of an insect trapped in the bill.

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Congratulations to John on his winning image; the 22nd of the year and all have been of different species.

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

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel, Isle of Noss, Shetland (Photo: Craig Nisbet)

Puffin, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Photo: Jill Wilson)

Marsh Warbler
Marsh Warbler, Lakenheath Fen RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Michael Hoare)

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper, Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire (Photo: Andy Hood)

Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler, Brandon, Suffolk (Photo: Neil Rendall)

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting, Black Combe, Cumbria (Photo: Jaz)

Skylark, Sychnant Pass, Conwy (Photo: Bob Garrett)

Gannet, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Nick Clayton)

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher, undisclosed site, Staffordshire (Photo: Louie Horleston)

Egyptian Nightjar
Egyptian Nightjar, Qatar (Photo: Gavin Farnell)

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel, undisclosed site, Gwynedd (Photo: Bob Garrett)

House Martin
House Martin, undisclosed site, Lincolnshire (Photo: Col Scott)

Bee-eater, Greece (Photo: Mark Rafter)

Written by: Steve Young