One of the stunning images from the BirdGuides Photo of the Year 2009 competition. Kevin Du Rose took this picture of an air-braking puffin on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. The judges praised its symmetry.
James Wood's beautiful portrait of a short-eared owl perched on a fence in Scotland was chosen because it had "such harmony you don't want to look away". The judges added that the quality of photos "was astounding".
Paul Hillion was in the midst of a flock of swooping, plunge-diving gannets off the coast of Alderney in the Channel Islands when he took this photo. The deep blue of the sea and sky was commended by the judges.
Although the tree pipit isn't as charismatic as some of the other bird subjects, Graham Catley's picture - taken in Lancashire - caught a pipit mid-air and captured the drama of its territorial display.
The winning photo captures the ferocity of a spring-time fight between two cock pheasants. Photographer Richard Bedford spotted the birds while on a solitary day out in Norfolk and watched the battle unfold.
The judges liked the fact that Mark Hancox’s entry told a story. A common kestrel chases a barn owl, which is carrying a mouse. Light filters gently through the wings of the birds to reach the eye of the viewer.
The early morning tranquillity of the Abu Nakhla lagoons, Qatar, provided Dileep Kumar with the opportunity to photograph this rare greater spotted eagle. The judges enjoyed the stillness of the reflective pose.
A shot of a pheasant in golden December sunlight in Northamptonshire, UK. John Betts’ subject appears to be looking directly at the camera as it prepares to settle from its flight.
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