Pictures of the Month 2022

January

RIng Ouzel © Will Bowell, Dogsthorpe, 22 January 2022

John W. Hoppett made this month's selection:

I liked the structure of the picture and the ability to capture the moment the bird was to be seen eating the Hawthorn berry. The feather definition is excellent and the definition of the feet gripping the bush. To me a great shot of a bird not normally seen in January.

It was however a close run thing with the Goosander in flight shot by Garth Peacock, which gave great definition against the sky and outlined the streamlined shape of this species in flight. Jonathan Heaths’ Yellow-browed Warbler pictures in early January show great expertise to photograph such a small warbler with such definition.

Some great pictures and a difficult decision.

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February

Marsh Harrier ©Neil Bramwell, Woodwalton Fen, 8th February 2022

Kevin Hand made his choice for February:

"A very high standard as always, so a difficult choice. I've gone for the male Marsh Harrier, by Neil Bramwell in the superb evening light over its reedbed home. Such clarity and rich colours, and one of my (many) favourite birds!

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March

Long-tailed Tit © Bob Steed, Fowlmere RSPB, 23rd March 2022

Ed King has made the March selection: my runners-up from this month's selections were 3 wonderful photos of water birds: Simon Stirrup's evocative picture of 3 Spoonbills in flight; Steve Cooper's image capturing a Glossy Ibis's spectacular sheen; and George Walthew's beautifully sharp frame-filling photo of a Water Rail. My winner, based on its vibrant energy, is Bob Steed's flight shot of a Long-Tailed Tit with its wings fully extended and its mantle fluffed up in the breeze.

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