Wryneck by Steve Ball
For birders and photographers alike, autumn means easterly migrants and visits to the east coast in the hope of a 'fall'. The migrant hot-spot of Landguard, Suffolk, was the setting for this beautiful image by Steve Ball of a perched Wryneck, a classic target bird at this time of year.
This species can be difficult to photograph well as it can skulk in long grass while searching for insects. Therefore, side-on poses like this one are difficult to take. The photographer has done very well to capture the bird perfectly, allowing the cryptic plumage to be studied at length and in detail; exposure and sharpness are both spot on with the entire image illustrating a perfect September scene.
Congratulations to Steve on his winning image, taken with a 300 mm lens with 1.4x converter, shooting at 1/640 th second, f5.6 on ISO200.
Other notable images
Pallid Harrier, Falsterbo, Sweden (Helge Sorensen).
Dipper, Linton Falls, North Yorkshire, Britain (Stephen Burch).
Dunlin, St. Mary's Island, Northumberland (Alan Jack).