Photo of the Week: 7–13 December


Hammerkop by Dave Williams


This week's winning shot from Dave Williams is all about capturing that perfect, single moment. I shouldn't imagine that the images taken of this feeding Hammerkop just before or after this one will have been quite as good as this one, with its stunning eye-to-eye contact between predator and prey. The fish has a look on its face that just says "Oh no..." while the Hammerkop is thinking "Oh yes...!"

Shooting at 1/2500th second has frozen the action, and the simple background doesn't take your eye away from the main subject.

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Congratulations to Dave on his Photo of the Week, taken using a 600 mm lens with a 1.4× converter, at ISO 2500; he becomes the third multiple winner this year.

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Other notable images

Redwing, Corsham Park, Wiltshire (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

Stonechat, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk (Photo: Denise Rendall)

Dusky Thrush
Dusky Thrush, Beeley, Derbyshire (Photo: Alan Curry)

Little Egret
Little Egret, Carnsew Basin, Cornwall (Photo: Fausto Riccioni)

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Photo: David Cookson)

Fieldfare, Ogston Reservoir, Derbyshire (Photo: Mary Wilde)

Pintail, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire (Photo: Norman West)

Black Duck
Black Duck, Strontian, Highland (Photo: Jon Worthington)

Didric Cuckoo
Didric Cuckoo, South Africa (Photo: Jamie MacArthur)

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl, undisclosed site, Devon (Photo: Steve Hatch)

Little Stint
Little Stint, Saudi Arabia (Photo: Duha Alhashimi)

Kingfisher, Venus Pool NR, Shropshire (Photo: Mark Wilson)

Waxwing, Costessey, Norfolk (Photo: Nick Appleton)

Written by: Steve Young