Common Scoter by Steve Race
In one of the strongest weeks for photo uploads that we've had in recent months, it is this intimate capture of a drake Common Scoter from Scarborough-based photographer Steve Race that takes the top spot this Wednesday.
Common Scoter might be a familiar and numerous duck around our shores, but getting views like this in Britain is a real rarity. Even when scoter turn up inland, they tend to sit nervously in the middle of large waterbodies – and are usually gone after a day's stay.
For this pristine male to show so well is an event in itself, but Steve has managed to execute a highly effective image of this handsome duck. A low angle has ensured great depth of field, with both the foreground and background unfocused. The light on the scoter is great, highlighting the glossy-black plumage, while the ochre background adds a very pleasing element to this super shot. Well done to Steve!
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