16/03/2016
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Photo of the Week: 9–15 March

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Gyr Falcon by Steve Duffield

Gyrfalcon

Sometimes it's all about the bird...and birds don't come much better than this white-morph Gyr Falcon taken on North Uist by Steve Duffield; perched on perfect rocks, in a beautiful side-on pose and with a lovely blue background — a bird portrait doesn't really get much better than this.

I don't know whether Steve stalked the bird or whether it was a chance encounter while walking along the cliffs, but either way it must have been a great moment when it was found and even better when the shutter was pressed. You can almost imagine the thought process; "Please stay while I focus, please turn your head, please...click, click, click...oh thank you!"

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Congratulations to Steve on his POTW, which was taken using a 500mm lens, shooting at 1/1000th second at f8 on ISO450.

You can read more on bird photography from Steve Young, including product reviews and a regular Photo Challenge for readers, every month in Birdwatch magazine.

Other notable images

Starling
Starling, Conwy RSPB, Conwy (Photo: Dave Williams)

Moorhen
Moorhen, Greylake RSPB, Somerset & Bristol (Photo: Carl Bovis)

Brambling
Brambling, undisclosed site, Gwent (Photo: Mike Warburton)

Greenshank
Greenshank, Bowling Green Marsh RSPB, Devon (Photo: Pete Blanchard)

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting, Hayle Estuary, Cornwall (Photo: John Rowe)

Pallas's Warbler
Pallas's Warbler, Portesham, Dorset (Photo: Tim White)

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit, Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull, Cardiff Bay, Glamorgan (Photo: Peter Howlett)

Nuthatch
Nuthatch, undisclosed site, Lincolnshire (Photo: Nick Clayton)

Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter, Guther's Island, Isles of Scilly (Photo: Joe Pender)

Velvet Scoter
Velvet Scoter, Musselburgh, Lothian (Photo: Ian Andrews)

Mute Swan
Mute Swan, Gibraltar Point NNR, Lincolnshire (Photo: Gordon Bowes)

Savanna Nightjar
Savanna Nightjar, India (Photo: Vipul Ramanuj)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, undisclosed site, Warwickshire (Photo: Phil Neale)

Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll, Tittesworth Reservoir, Staffordshire (Photo: Mike Neate)

Written by: Steve Young