Black-headed Gull by John Dickenson
A photo of a common species can sometimes be transformed by the photographer anticipating a special image and executing the shot to perfection.
Although a Black-headed Gull sat on the water is a relatively simple shot to take, this one by John Dickenson is a perfect example of 'having the eye' for photography.
The low angle, beautiful colours, soft reflection and perfect exposure all combines to produce a superb and memorable image.
Congratulations to John, who took his winner with a 500 mm lens and 1.4x converter, exposed at 1/320 th second, f6.3 on ISO 320.
Other notable images
Great Cormorant, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset & Bristol (Raoul Chandrasakera).
Rough-legged Buzzard, Stainforth, South Yorkshire (Ian Bollen).
Black-throated Thrush, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire (Stephen Ray).
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Shore Lark, Kessingland, Suffolk (Andrew Moon).
European Shag, Hill Head, Hampshire (Mark Francis).
Sanderling, Crosby Marine Park, Lancashire (R Thew).
Lapland Bunting, Reculver, Kent (Stephen Ray).
Black-and-white Warbler, Point Pelee, Ontario (Jon Mercer).
Common Starling, Shapwick Heath NNR, Somerset & Bristol (Tate Lloyd).
Great Grey Owl, Oslo, Norway (Dave Jackson).
Eurasian Teal, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Carl Bovis).
Hen Harrier, Stewarton, Argyll (Eddie Maguire).