13/04/2016
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Photo of the Week: 6–12 April

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Gannets by Robbie Brookes

Gannet

Images like this one from Robbie Brookes are rarely taken by most bird photographers. When at a bustling Gannet colony, many focus on flight shots, close-ups and portraits.

Living nearby means Robbie has probably already taken almost every photograph possible of this species, allowing him time for a spot of experimentation away from the norm. This image has been taken at the unusual setting of 25 seconds at f22, ISO 100, using a 100–400 mm lens at the 188 mm setting to capture a very different type of bird photograph.

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Placing the Gannet colony on the right of the frame and allowing the eye to wander to the seascape setting makes for lovely composition; the very slow shutter speed has totally blurred the waves, giving the scene a slight surrealism.

Congratulations to Robbie on his winning image, already the 14th of the year.

You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.

Other notable images

Skylark
Skylark, undisclosed site, Cheshire (Photo: David Cookson)

Brambling
Brambling, Calke Park NT, Derbyshire (Photo: Clive daelman)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Glamorgan (Photo: Chris Hawes)

Goldeneye
Goldeneye, Seaforth LWT (Permit only), Lancashire (Photo: John Donnelly)

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer, undisclosed site, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Michael Sherwin)

African Crimson-winged Finch
African Crimson-winged Finch, Morocco (Photo: Ron Marshall)

Razorbill
Razorbill, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Mike Robinson)

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit, Hurcott Wood, Worcestershire (Photo: Robert Hart)

Knot
Knot, Ribble Estuary, Lancashire (Photo: John Tymon)

White Stork
White Stork, undisclosed site, Leicestershire and Rutland (Photo: Paul Riddle)

Ptarmigan
Ptarmigan, Iceland (Photo: Ian Dickey)

Written by: Steve Young