Photo of the Week: 6–12 July


Gannets by Tim Stenton


We've become accustomed to seeing plenty of Gannet shots during the summer months on Iris — it's one of the most popular subjects and so it naturally takes a 'different' image of this species to win Photo of the Week. Tim Stenton has managed just that with his shot of feeding birds taken from the Mousa ferry in Shetland.

It took me a while to see everything on this super capture; my eye was first taken by the centre bird with spread wings, closely followed by the left-hand bird grabbing the fish; then I noticed the lower bird spearing the fish from underwater which really made this shot that little bit special.

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Congratulations to Tim on his Photo of the Week, which was taken using a zoom lens set at 205mm, ISO at 1250 and an exposure of 1/8000th second at f5.6.

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Other notable images

Arctic Tern
Arctic Tern, Isle of May, Fife (Photo: Dave Williams)

Common Swift, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire (Photo: Nigel Deacon)

Common Snipe
Common Snipe, Iceland (Photo: John Dickenson)

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe, undisclosed site, Staffordshire (Photo: Tony Kinder)

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper, undisclosed site, Northumberland (Photo: David Cookson)

Red-throated Diver
Red-throated Diver, Iceland (Photo: John Dickenson)

Kestrel, undisclosed site, Glamorgan (Photo: Bob Hopkins)

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harriers, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: Simon Richardson)

Puffin, Farne Islands, Northumberland (Photo: Andy Mould)

Whinchat, Elan Valley, Powys (Photo: Clive Daelman)

European Nightjar, Arne RSPB, Dorset (Photo: Chris Teague)

Gannet, Noss, Mainland, Shetland (Photo: anon)

Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole, Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Tim White)

Cory's Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater, Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Joe Pender)

Little Egret
Little Egret, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire (Photo: Nigel Deacon)

Written by: Steve Young