Photo of the Week: 9–15 December


Penduline Tit by Lee Fuller

Penduline Tit

"A seriously smart bird" was how Lee Fuller described this Penduline Tit and you have to say that he is spot on, both with the description and his superb photo!

Photographing Penduline Tits is very much hit and miss. They can be very mobile and secretive, photo opportunities often dependent on which reedmace patch they choose to feed in, but Lee has taken full advantage of his 'hit' opportunity. The light doesn't look to have been that great with ISO1000 only giving a 1/400th second shutter speed at f5.6 on a 500mm lens with a 1.4× converter attached, but the image is still sharp and the diffuse background just sets the whole image off nicely.

Congratulations to Lee on his Photo of the Week; he becomes the 49th winner this year with Penduline Tit the 45th different species represented.

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Other notable images

Grey Plover
Grey Plover, Turf, Devon (Photo: Charlie Fleming)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Broadsands, Devon (Photo: Steve Ray)

Hoatzin, Guyana (Photo: Phil Ellis)

Hoopoe, Hinksford, Staffordshire (Photo: Keith Mallett)

Buller's Albatross
Buller's Albatross, New Zealand (Photo: John Anderson)

Shore Lark
Shore Lark, Hartlepool Headland, Cleveland (Photo: Chris Downes)

Goosander, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (Photo: Tony Kinder)

Siskin, Fillingham Lake, Lincolnshire (Photo: Col Scott)

Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant
Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Colombia (Photo: Trevor Ellery)

Black Kite
Black Kite, India (Photo: Andrew Moon)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, undisclosed site, Lincolnshire (Photo: David Newby)

Written by: Steve Young