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Pictures of the Month for 2017

Glaucous Gull

Picture of the month for January
Glaucous Gull, Cambridge Research Park
21st January 2017 ©Simon Stirrup
Nigel Sprowell has made this month's selection.

"What a cracking start to 2017,with 80 photos to choose from and with so many quality images selection has, as ever, been a challenge. I loved the sharp set of images by Thomas Reed, especially the Tree Sparrow. The three Kingfisher images by Roger Cresswell were stunning, and I was very sorely tempted by James Hanlon’s wonderfully composed photo of a Mute Swan on the mirror of ice, absolutely beautiful. However, after much deliberation I have chosen something I cannot recall featuring as a photo of the month before – a gull, in particular a Glaucous Gull, of which there have been many fine specimens this month. Not a particularly charismatic bird, but I was drawn to the pin sharp series of images by Simon Stirrup in particular the almost perfect mirrored image of the bird showing its’ fearsome gape regurgitating its’ meal. Congratulations."
Great Crested Grebe

Picture of the month for March
Great Crested Grebe, Waterbeach
7th March 2017 ©Simon Stirrup
Gary Thornton has made this month's selection.

"Well what a great time for birding and taking photos, and seeing the first migrants arriving. Choosing a winning photo was always going to be tricky with so many good photographers out there, but there are always going to be a few that shine through. I particularly liked Bob Steed and Roger Cresswell's colourful Grey Wagtail photos, Phil Smith's Marsh Tit, and the very atmospheric shot of Garth Peacock's Great Crested Grebe. Also I really liked Doug Radford's Raven shot....it's great to have a pair in the county. The two I struggled to choose between were Brendan Doe's Whooper Swans and and Simon Stirrup's courting Great Crested Grebes. I loved the movement and texture of Brendan Doe's Whooper Swans, they reminded me of synchronised swimmers! Alongside that image was Simon's beautifully exposed, colourful and pin sharp image of the grebes. It was a really tough decision. In the end I decided the winner for March is Simon Stirrup's courting Great Crested Grebes. Congratulations Simon."

 

Waxwing

Picture of the month for February
Waxwing, Cambridge
7th February 2017 ©Matt Walton
Brendan Doe has made this month's selection.

"I've taken a good look through the gallery and as usual there were many high quality photos on offer for February, captured from all corners of Cambs. Simon Stirrups Buzzard flight shot and pin sharp Blue Tit. Phil Smiths Cormorant at nest and Geoff Harris's series of one of our rarer winter visitors Great Grey Shrike all caught the eye. The usual high quality photos from Garth Peacock of an increasingly abundant Cambs visitor, Great White Egret and a very evocative Red Kite from Ian Dawson. However I felt that I couldn't look behind a bird that is sure to brighten up even the dullest winter's day, that of course being Waxwing. The question is which one? Being relatively approachable and therefore affording good photo opportunities I was looking for something slightly different. I have therefore decided to give my vote to Matt Walton for his open wing shot of one of the long staying Milton guided busway Waxwings. The photo demonstrates very well the lovely waxy tips and to boot the bird is about to consume a berry. Well done Matt."

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