Photo of the Week: 8–14 July


Little Owl by John Richardson

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Owls have featured strongly among this week's fantastic submissions, but this superb image by John Richardson really caught my eye. This behavioural shot shows a Little Owl fluffing out its wings and feathers while sitting in the rain, presumably just enjoying a shower while also cleaning and maintaining its feathers.

John used a 500mm lens with the aperture wide open at f4 to throw both the foreground and background out of focus so the owl is the only focal point. A shutter speed of 1/1250th second has kept the movement sharp producing an attractive and worthy winner of Photo of the Week.

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Congratulations to John on his second winning image of the year and who by now, must have a hard-drive full of both Short-eared and Little Owl shots!

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Other notable images

Little Owl
Little Owl, undisclosed site, Leicestershire and Rutland (Photo: Paul Riddle)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, North Uist, Outer Hebrides (Photo: Marcus Conway - ebirder)

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern, Scolt Head Island, Norfolk (Photo: Baz Scampion)

Swift, Far Ings NR, Lincolnshire (Photo: Mandy West)

Bee-eater, Theberton, Suffolk (Photo: Jon Evans)

House Martin
House Martin, undisclosed site, Kent (Photo: Steve Ashton)

Gannet, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire (Photo: Antony Ward)

Starling, Wigan, Greater Manchester (Photo: Roy Rimmer)

Grey Partridge
Grey Partridge, Musselburgh, Lothian (Photo: Dennis Morrison)

Red-footed Falcon
Red-footed Falcon, Chatterley Whitfield, Staffordshire (Photo: John Tymon)

Puffin, Skomer, Pembrokeshire (Photo: Rob Cross)

Written by: Steve Young