Common Kestrel by Clive Daelman
An unusual shot of a female Common Kestrel dustbathing, by Clive Daelman, is the top shot this week. Like many, I should imagine, seeing this behaviour from a bird of prey was a first for me; maybe it’s regular but just not observed?
Whatever the case, Clive certainly saw it, took advantage of the situation and captured the moment beautifully, with a highlight in the eye, feathers ruffled and the feet just scraping some gravel and dust – lovely!
Congratulations to Clive, who used a 600 mm lens, shooting at a very fast shutter speed of 1/8000 th second at f7.1 aperture with ISO set at 1600.
Other notable images
European Bee-eater, unknown, Bulgaria (Kath Everitt).