Leach's Storm Petrel by Joe Pender
It was a good week for seawatching, with quite a few images posted of birds that are typically only seen well after gales. And, fittingly, it's a seabird that takes the honours this time out with a gorgeous flight shot of a Leach's Storm Petrel by Joe Pender.
But this was not a storm-driven bird taken from land but one found on a pelagic off the Isles of Scilly. Leach's is a very rare bird in Scillonian waters; excitement would have been high and Joe has done extremely well to keep steady on the boat and take this superb image of a perfectly plumaged bird, detailing all the classic identification features.
Taken in lovely light, this is a nicely exposed showing good feather detail with a great background and is a worthy winner. Congratulations to Joe, who used a 400 mm lens, shooting at 1/2000th sec f3.2 on ISO400.
Other notable images
Kentish Plover, Mar Menor, Los Urrutias, Murcia (Paul Coombes).
European Roller, Nimes, France (Jonathan Theobald).