April's photo challenge: the winning shot


Theme: spring

April photo challenge winner - Azure Tit

This was the most popular challenge yet – it would appear that Birdwatch photographers really enjoy getting out and about in spring.

There were entries for a huge variety of species, with many of mating or singing birds, while birds on blossom branches were a firm favourite. It took me a long time to select the winner and there were quite a few that can consider themselves unlucky, but I can only choose one.

It’s the blossom in this image by Roger and Liz Charlwood that caught my eye. Rather than a photo featuring a single branch, the Azure Tit is perched in a tree of petals that contrasts nicely with the sky and the bird’s coloration. It’s a well-composed image, with the flowers framing the bird and taken in perfect light.

Congratulations to Roger and Liz! I’m not sure who actually pressed the shutter on this image so they will have to argue over their prize of a copy of Bowland Beth: the Life of an English Hen Harrier by David Cobham. Steve Young

The winning image was also published in our June issue, where you can also find details of this month's challenge.