Eurasian Nuthatch by Hazel Rothwell
It is well known that many birds love to sunbathe, with Blackbird and European Robin probably the most commonly observed and photographed. However, the sight of Eurasian Nuthatch sunning itself is a little more unsuual, and Hazel Rothwell's cracking image really caught my eye.
And what a lovely shot it is. Captured in a perfect side-on pose with wings dropped, tail and rump raised and bill open as it relaxes in the warm sunshine. It's a well exposed and sharp image, with the bird sat on an attractive perch to boot.
Congratulations to Hazel on her winning photo, taken with a 100-400mm zoom (at 338mm) with a 1.4x converter, exposed at 1/3200th second at f9, on ISO 1250.
Other notable images
Black-winged Stilt, Avila, Spain (Marc FASOL).
Black-winged Kite, Calera, Spain (Marc FASOL).
Wood Warbler, Gribskov, Denmark (Helge Sorensen).
Goldcrest, undisclosed site, Suffolk (John Richardson).
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Gir National Park, Gujarat (Josh Jones).