A disappointing amount of entries were received for the winter 2017 competition however the majority of the photos were of a good quality. The winning photo graces the magazine cover as usual and narrowly claimed top spot from the runners-up by virtue of the rarity value of this bird in Andalucia. For the first time, the judges were not unanimous in their decision. Each judge marks in private and the marks are totalled at the end to ensure an unbiased result. So congratulations Ricky Owen for not only finding a wonderful male Pallid Harrier in La Janda, but also being able to photograph it so well. It was kind of the bird to perch on part of the watering system but Ricky has captured the moment when the bird seemed to be watching him. It’s clear the weather conditions were far from ideal, however, this in no way detracts from the image quality.
A Short-eared Owl and a European Bee-eater shared the honours for the second and third position, with Ricky and Mark Green supplying the pictures. As is usual, all of the entries will soon be available to be seen on the ABS website together with details of the Spring 2017 competition.
Thank you all for entering the competition and whether you use a compact, bridge, DSLR camera or you digiscope please keep the photographs coming. Only one person can win but all other pictures are displayed for three months on the ABS website.