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Pictures of the Month for 2018

Hawfinch

Picture of the month for January
Hawfinch, Wimpole Hall
27th January 2018 ©Neil Bramwell
Richard Patient has made this month's selection.

"My eyes cannot help being drawn to the unfamiliar, and Jonathan Heath's ghostly Iceland Gull is seasonally evocative, whilst Bob Jarman's unusual gull must have provided a scare to the observers! Indeed, without such fine photographic documentation it could also have scared a records committee. Similarly Steve Cooper's shot of a House Sparrow shows again that there is variation even amongst the everyday. Phil Smith provided a lovely Lapwing and his shot of a Great Crested Grebe (plus Zander) was also a strong contender. However another action shot gets my vote for photo of the month - Neil Bramwell's Hawfinch preparing for take-off. It gives a rare angle on those unusually shaped inner primaries and is a fitting winner during an unprecedented winter for this species locally."
Goldeneye

Picture of the month for March
Goldeneye, Grafham Water
13th March 2018 ©Phil Smith
Richard Genochio has made this month's selection.

"My first step was to create a shortlist of over a dozen eye-catching images, all worthy of mention if space allowed! The winner, however, was Phil Smith’s Goldeneyes (13th March). An outstanding and beautiful portrayal. The timing necessary to catch this one extraordinary moment with the male in display was of the highest order. The runner up was Saimon's Peregrines; a highly idiosyncratic portrayal of a bird normally associated with craggy peaks. The comedy of the situation is beautifully conveyed – a medium sized falcon sits dumpily on a very large falcon, with the latter appearing to be in some pain from the former’s sharp talons which grip its forehead. Phil Smith's Great Crested Grebe (30th March) was also commendable, a brilliantly captured moment, requiring fast trigger-work, with the grebe powering towards the camera in a slightly intimidating fashion, like a Royal Navy frigate moving under full steam through a fairly heavy swell in mid-Atlantic."
Greylag Goose

Picture of the month for May
Greylag Goose, Fowlmere RSPB
3rd May 2018 ©Garth Peacock
Paul Rule has made this month's selection.

"This image of a very common species that most photographers would probably ignore really stood out for me. It’s not possible to pose birds for a family group, but if you could, you could hardly improve on this. The lighting is perfect, and the out of focus background with its muted colours allows the geese to really stand out.
They say that every picture tells a story, and to me this one tells one of protective parents who are not going to allow anyone, or anything to mess with this family."
Cormorant

Picture of the month for July
Cormorant, Grafham Water
26th July 2018 ©Garth Peacock
John Roote has made this month's selection.

"My favourite is the unusual pose of the Cormorant by Garth Peacock. I also liked the unusual view of the Marsh Harrier by Roger Cresswell. There was a good selection of Grebes (Little and Great-crested), Kingfishers and Black-headed Gulls, with particularly nice markings on the juvenile Black-headed Gull by Doug Radford. Jonathan Stephenson provided an atmospheric Common Tern and some nice passerine studies."
Song Thrush

Picture of the month for February
Song Thrush, Grafham Water
8th February 2018 ©Phil Smith
Steve Cooper has made this month's selection.

"The popular S E Owls at Eldernell provided some nice images again this month and Jon Heath's fine Hawfinch stand out, but Phil Smith's Song Thrush at Grafham Water is my choice. A good portrait of a common species but one that also has added interest as the grey rump, mantle and cold plumage tones show that this is a 'continental' Song Thrush (sub species T.p.philomelos) as much a winter visitor here as Redwing and Fieldfare but very much overlooked."
Cormorant

Picture of the month for April
Cormorant, Grafham Water
2nd April 2018 ©Phil Smith
Dr Simon Gillings has made this month's selection.

"I'm generally not a fan of bird portraits as I prefer to see bird subjects in the context of their environment. But Phil Smith’s portrait of a Cormorant stands out as my choice for photo of the month. Against a clean, cold background, the crispness of the Cormorant’s salt-and-pepper plumage makes a striking image. Bird portraits really work when they make you re-evaluate a bird you think you know well – to see and marvel at details like the monochrome marbling on the bill and that amazing jade green eye with blue eye-ring – this photo does that for me. Stunning."
Cuckoo

Picture of the month for June
Cuckoo, Ouse Washes RSPB
3rd June 2018 ©Richard Patient
Vince Lea has made this month's selection.

"With slightly fewer photos in June it should have been a bit easier to pick a favourite. There were some instructive series of photos such as Steve Cooper's female Pied Wagtail parade, the second, with a lovely reflection, almost made the top spot. Brendan Doe's set of launching starlings, with the Rosy at the centre of the action, are fabulous; particularly the first image with Rosy in the Gold position and adult and juvenile Commons taking up Silver and Bronze! Nigel Sprowell's Spotted Flycatcher bringing food to the nest, with a beautifully framed shot of the nestlings being fed struck a chord with me having helped find one of these nests for Michael Holdsworth's ringing project. All of these work well on the blog as series but what we need is one image for the POM... so I have chosen Richard Patient's Cuckoo at the Ouse Washes. This image engenders such a tranquil scene and a view that we seldom get of this species."
Dunlin

Picture of the month for August
Dunlin, Grafham Water
11th August 2018 ©Neil Bramwell
Richard Pargeter has made this month's selection.

"This was not easy! However, my choice is the Dunlin from Grafham Water.
Apart from being a clear sharp photo, with good composition and background, it captures the essence of a busy little shore bird, feathers slightly ruffled in the breeze, pausing briefly, but ready for action, be it to dodge the next wave, or snatch the next prey."

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