Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Arctic Skua by Cliff Gilbert
With a multitude of seabird images posted again this week thanks mainly to the Scilly pelagics, it’s perhaps no surprise that another ocean-going species takes the winner’s spot. However it’s a shot with a difference, taken by Cliff Gilbert, showing a dark-morph Arctic Skua chasing a Eurasian Sparrowhawk on the north Norfolk coast.
I don’t recall ever seeing these two species anywhere near each other, never mind managing a photo of them side by side. Take away either of the species and it’s fair to say it wouldn’t be a winning shot but the two together, both nicely in focus and in good poses, combine to provide a unique and quite gob-smacking capture.
Congratulations to Cliff, who froze this extraordinary moment in time with a 1/2000th second shutter speed at ISO1250, using a 400mm lens.
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