Ring Ouzel by Jeff Lack
Sunny days and perfect light aren't always necessary for a great photo, as illustrated by this week's superb winner of a Ring Ouzel by Jeff Lack.
Taken in very wet conditions, this shot has atmosphere that just wouldn't be possible on a dry, bright day. With rain falling in the background and raindrops on the bird, the image is completed with a plucked berry in the bill.
The grey background enhances the photo and the colours are more saturated in the dull light. A shutter speed of 1/250 th second was possible only by using ISO 2000, showing just how dreary the day was.
Congratulations to Jeff on his winning image, which was taken with a 500 mm lens. With winter just around the corner, will there be one more well-photographed mega in the autumn, or will we be seeing more typical winter species in the BirdGuides gallery over the next few weeks?
Other notable images
Spanish Sparrow, Bidnija, Malta (Natalino Fenech).