Photo of the Week: 17-23 January


Hawfinch by Peter Garrity



2017’s Hawfinch invasion seems to have continued into this year (although I’ve yet to find one locally!), and it is one of these big-billed finches that takes the honours this week.

This cracking close-up shot was taken by Peter Garrity, who captured it just as the finch was stretching up to munch on a Yew berry. With bill open and an almost mad-looking staring eye, you almost feel as though you're sharing the berry, while the surrounding foliage nicely frames the Hawfinch’s head.

This seems to be quite a showy individual, but the photographer has maintained a reasonable distance using a 500-mm lens with a 2x extender.

Congratulations to Peter on his winning image, the third of the year.


Other notable photos


Smew, Dungeness NNR, Kent (Dave Potter).

Firecrest, Lynford Arboretum, Norfolk (Gary Watson).

Twite, Knott End-on-Sea, Overberg, Lancashire (Martyn Jones).

Parrot Crossbill
Parrot Crossbill, Santon Downham, Suffolk (Garth Peacock).

Black Redstart
Black Redstart, Sheringham, Norfolk (Nick Appleton).

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear, Whitby, North Yorkshire (John Tymon).

Red Grouse
Red Grouse, Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway (Ron Mccombe).

Black Redstart
Black Redstart, Falmouth, Cornwall (John Rowe).

Mute Swan
Mute Swan, Sunderland, Durham (Ashley Corr).

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull, Isles of Scilly (Joe Pender).

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Written by: Steve Young