Black-winged Stilts by Neil Hughes
Judging by the images posted this week, spring certainly sprang into life over the last seven days, and this pair of Black-winged Stilts by Neil Hughes also seem full of the joys of the coming breeding season.
It's not as unexpected a sight as it used to be, but mating stilts in the UK are still rare and photographing them at close range rarer still, so a good-quality image like this one is a deserved winner.
Congratulations to Neil, who used a 600 mm lens, a 1.4× converter and shot at 1/4000th second, f5.6 on ISO 400.
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Other notable images
Griffon Vulture, Spain (Photo: Alan Jack)
Corn Bunting, Spain (Photo: Andy Mould)
Pine Grosbeak, Norway (Photo: Morten Scheller Jensen)