Photo of the Week: 4–10 May


Wood Warbler by Derek Bilton

Wood Warbler

There are few better sounds in spring than that of a singing Wood Warbler; Derek Bilton has beautifully captured such a bird in full voice in perfect light with a perfect background to take this week's winning spot.

Using the car as a hide and supporting his 500mm lens on a bean bag the shot was taken at 1/800th second at f5.6 on ISO400; this is a well-exposed image showing all the feather detail, you couldn't really ask for any more in a singing portrait of any species.

Congratulations to Derek on his POTW, the 18th winner in 2016 which means over a third of the year has already gone by.

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Other notable images

Goldfinch, undisclosed site, West Sussex (Photo: John Stanton)

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl, undisclosed site, Lincolnshire (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker, undisclosed site, Lincolnshire (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, West Burra, Shetland (Photo: Kris Gibb)

Lesser Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat, Attenborough NR, Nottinghamshire (Photo: John Dickenson)

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler, Skinflats Lagoons, Forth (Photo: Scott Wotherspoon)

King Eider
King Eider with Common Eider, Achiltibuie, Highland (Photo: Martin Benson)

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail, undisclosed site, Clwyd (Photo: Dave Williams)

Red-footed Falcon
Red-footed Falcon, Morden Bog NNR, Dorset (Photo: Tim White)

Cuckoo, undisclosed site, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Honey Buzzard
Honey Buzzard, Israel (Photo: Steve Arlow)

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron, St. Ouen's Pond, Jersey (Photo: Mick Dryden)

Blackcap, Belgium (Photo: anon)

Great Skua
Great Skua, Saxa Vord, Unst, Shetland (Photo: Robbie Brookes)

Grey Heron
Grey Heron, undisclosed site, Essex (Photo: Pixellence)

Written by: Steve Young