Eurasian Sparrowhawk by Nick Brown
Rather than a standard flight shot of a soaring bird overhead, this has been captured as the sparrowhawk flies low across the marsh – which is never an easy image to execute as the auto-focus sensors often go 'hunting', jumping to the reeds and grass in the background. Nick has therefore done well to follow the bird and nail a great image.
Congratulations to Nick on his winning shot, who used a 500 mm lens, 1.4x converter and exposed at 1/3200th second, f5.6 on ISO 500.
This brings us to the half-way stage of the year already – it seems to fly by as quickly as a sparrowhawk does! Twenty-six winners with only one photographer winning twice up to now; I'm looking forward to seeing what the next 26 weeks bring.
Other notable images
Little Owl, undisclosed site North Wales , Britain (Michael Erwin).
European Bee-eater, La Marina, Alicante, Valencia, Spain (Paul Coombes).
Spotted Eagle-Owl, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa (Martyn Sidwell).
Grey Phalarope, Barrow, Alaska, United States (Alexander Viduetsky).
Firecrest, Gedser, Denmark (Anne Navntoft).