Photo of the Week: 5–11 April


Black-winged Stilts by Neil Hughes

Black-winged Stilt

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

Hawfinch, Lynford Arboretum, Norfolk (Photo: Jonathan Theobald)

Kestrel, Hengistbury Head, Dorset (Photo: Joe)

Griffon Vulture
Griffon Vulture, Spain (Photo: Alan Jack)

Garganey, Rue des Bergers NR, Guernsey (Photo: Dan scott)

Purple Heron
Purple Heron, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Martin Goodey)

Treecreeper, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Photo: Roy Rimmer)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier, Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Chris Hooper)

Rook, Gigrin Farm, Powys (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Spoonbill, Druridge Pools, Northumberland (Photo: Alan Curry)

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull, Cardiff Bay, Glamorgan (Photo: Jeff Lack)

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting, Spain (Photo: Andy Mould)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Leicestershire and Rutland (Photo: Graham Munton)

Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak, Norway (Photo: Morten Scheller Jensen)

Red Grouse
Red Grouse, Blorenge, Gwent (Photo: Mike Warburton)

Written by: Steve Young