Photo of the Week: 9–15 November


Waxwing by Andy Thompson


There was a distinct shift in the species posted this week from autumn to winter; there were lots of Great Grey Shrikes and Long-tailed Ducks to browse through, but Waxwings took centre stage, with a number of great shots of these bandit-masked beauties, including this week's winner by Andy Thompson.

A shutter speed of 1/1600th second has captured and frozen this individual beautifully as it flew in with feet outstretched ready to land on a branch. The perfect light has helped greatly with this shot, giving a nice highlight to the eye, and the blue sky enhances the image even further.

Congratulations to Andy on his Photo of the Week, taken with a 600mm lens, ISO640 at f7.1; what more winter-wonders will we see next week?

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Other notable images

Kingfisher, Devoran, Cornwall (Photo: John Rowe)

Water Rail
Water Rail, Oare Marshes NR, Kent (Photo: John Whitting)

Common Snipe
Common Snipe, Venus Pool NR, Shropshire (Photo: Paul Burgess)

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck, Pugney's CP, West Yorkshire (Photo: Ron Marshall)

Sparrowhawk, Llandrindod Wells, Powys (Photo: Kev Joynes)

Goldcrest, Ambleside, Cumbria (Photo: Frank Burns)

Eastern Black Redstart
Eastern Black Redstart, Skinningrove, Cleveland (Photo: Paul Wetton)

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl, Shingle Street, Suffolk (Photo: John Richardson)

Kingfisher, Forest Farm, Glamorgan (Photo: Colin Harvey)

Common Scoter
Common Scoter, Herne Bay, Kent (Photo: Mark Chidwick)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler, Spurn YWT, East Yorkshire (Photo: Andy Wilson)

Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe, Long Eaton GPs, Derbyshire (Photo: Darren Chapman)

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer, United States (Photo: Marcus Conway - ebirder)

Written by: Steve Young