Common Redstart © Roger Hardie, Ouse Fen RSPB, 10 September 2022
Peter Herkenrath made this month's selection.
As ever, the choice wasn't easy, given the multitude of amazing images. Close contenders were Neil Bramwell's preening Pectoral Sandpiper, perfect for a mystery bird image, and Jon Heath's picture of a very small-looking Pectoral Sandpiper next to a surprisingly huge Ruff.
Well, I go for the Common Redstart, a bird that I always enjoy seeing on migration, sometimes being puzzled whether it is indeed a Common or a rather pale Black, when no rufous colours are visible.
The picture not only shows the discrete beauty of an autumn Common Redstart, not wearing the well-known and much admired male breeding plumage, but there is also some kind of interaction with the wasp flying past and I can't help but think, 'what does he (I guess this is a male bird) think of the wasp?' Does he view the little insect as a prey or is he just curious, even afraid?