Red Kite by Silas Olofson
A wonderfully atmospheric image of a vagrant Red Kite takes this week's honours. Captured by Silas Olofson in the Faroe Islands, this third for the archipelago presented a brilliant photo opportunity as it flew along the cliffs during a snow storm.
The kite has been caught in a perfect pose, with wings and tail spread and head turned slightly towards the camera, while the dull light has saturated the colours more than a bright sunny day would have done. With a sea backdrop and snow falling, this must have been a memorable moment to press the shutter as this mega-rarity drifted past.
Congratulations to Silas on his winning shot, taken with the increasingly popular Olympus system, using a 300mm lens.
Other notable images
Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Dumfries, Britain (Jamie MacArthur).