Pictures of the Month 2021
Kingfisher © Roger Cresswell, Cambridge, 25th January
Jackdaw © Jonathan Stephenson, St. Ives, 23rd February 2021
Sue Greenway chose this month's picture. She says, thank you for giving me the opportunity to choose a picture of the month. I have been informed that February can be a difficult month to photograph birds due to the quality of light. I am not a photographer so I am relieved that I only have 10 fantastic photos to choose from. My husband ( who is a photographer) helpfully suggested some subcategories to score each photo on. This still made it difficult to choose but in the end, the one photo that made me smile and keep coming back to was Jonathan Stephenson's Jackdaw. In this photo, I could really feel the character of the bird and the sense of its movement as it shook the water from itself.
White-tailed Eagle © Ian Dawson, Grafham Water, 6th March 2021
Duncan Mackay made this month's selection:
"I enjoyed several of this month's images. Some are excellent compositions, others are technically almost perfect... but combining both photographic criteria with what the image tells you about the bird and its behaviour, I think the series of White-tailed Eagle photos by Ian Dawson takes some beating. The mobbing gull for scale, together with the dramatic bending of the feathers really gives the photograph a lot of feeling which makes this image very arresting. Number 5 is my choice".
Bearded Tit © Neil Bramwell, Ouse Fen RSPB, 22nd April 2021
Tim Watling has made the April selection: "A difficult decision between two pictures and I have chosen this Bearded Tit. It is centrally positioned in the frame, all in focus and brightly lit. The plumage detail is well defined with bright white-looking specs on the chest, the wing colours are all picked out and the long tail is showing to two points. The bird’s size is shown by the scale against the reed background. What a lovely bird."