Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Ringed Plover by Meurig Garbett
For the second time in 2022, the awesome predatory skills of a Eurasian Sparrowhawk are acutely demonstrated by a Photo of the Week winner. And, as in April's winner by Dave Jackson, the hunted is a wader: this time a juvenile Ringed Plover.
Meurig's opportunistic capture demonstrates the rawness of nature, with the hapless plover's bill open wide conveying a sense of shock and horror at the situation it finds itself in. This must have been a thrilling if poignant event to watch for Meurig, who remained calm and composed to 'nail' the shot. Congratulations!
Other notable images
Cory's Shearwater, Chanonry Point, Highland (Steve Nicklin).
Purple Heron, St Ouen's Pond, Jersey (Romano Da Costa).
European Honey Buzzard, Buskett, Malta (Natalino Fenech).
Osprey, High Green, South Yorkshire (Peter Garrity).
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Tacumshin, Wexford (John Murphy).
Eurasian Dotterel, Great Orme, Conwy (Bob Garrett).
Eurasian Dotterel, Cleeve Common, Gloucestershire (Nick Truby).
White-winged Tern, Longham Lakes, Dorset (Jeremy Mcclements).
Spotted Flycatcher, Peartree Green, Hampshire (Duncan Whitfield).
Wood Warbler, Sammy's Point, East Yorkshire (Richard Pittam).
Yellow-browed Warbler, Baliasta, Unst, Shetland (Dante Shepherd).
Lanceolated Warbler, Fair Isle, Shetland (Alex Penn).
Red-backed Shrike, Bullers of Buchan, Aberdeenshire (Ron Macdonald).