Kingfisher by Robert Hart
This beautifully lit flying Kingfisher by Robert Hart is a lovely way to start a new year. Images of this species diving into and emerging from water are increasing on Iris, but this sort of action shot is a bit different.
Taken using a 500mm lens and a 1.4× converter, Robert had to use ISO 4000 to achieve a 1/1600th second shutter speed. This hasn’t been quite fast enough to freeze all the action, but a bit of blurring of the wings doesn’t detract from this photo at all, while the plain background takes nothing away from the bird, but adds greatly to the image.
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Congratulations to Robert on the first POTW of 2016. Just 51 more weeks to go!
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Other notable images
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Poland (Photo: Artur Stankiewicz)
Rock Pipit, Brixham, Devon (Photo: Charlie Fleming)
Goosander, Widewater Lagoon, West Sussex (Photo: Dorian Mason)
Turnstone, Salthouse, Norfolk (Photo: Andy Thompson)
Tawny Owl, Bideford, Devon (Photo: Steve Hatch)
Skylark, Upavon, Wiltshire (Photo: Mike Trew)
Short-eared Owl, undisclosed site, Lancashire (Photo: Tom Charles)
Guillemot, Scapa Bay, Mainland, Orkney (Photo: Alastair Forsyth)
Bonaparte's Gull, Wilstone Reservoir, Hertfordshire (Photo: Ian Williams)
Great Northern Diver, Poole Harbour, Dorset (Photo: Simon Johnson)
Dunnock, Llandudno, Conwy (Photo: Dave Williams)
Sparrowhawk, Poland (Photo: Artur Stankiewicz)
Gadwall, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: James Gibbs)
Kingfisher, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (Photo: Tony Kinder)