WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

15-17 Years

Fergus Gill, United Kingdom

Eye for a bird

Fergus's favourite place to be is in the Scottish Cairngorms in winter. 'I have such respect for the animals that survive here, especially ptarmigan.' Alert to danger but relying on its camouflage to keep safe, this ptarmigan watched Fergus's every move as, having spotted the bird's head, Fergus crept up a mountain slope, climbed over a ridge, traversed down it and then crawled through a rock field to get to a vantage point where he could start taking pictures. The ptarmigan stayed put for half an hour and then suddenly turned and faced the afternoon sun. 'I love the simplicity,' says Fergus, 'the subtle light caught in his eye and the hint of red wattle above.'

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + 500mm f4 lens; 1/400 sec at f5.6; ISO 400.


Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK: latitude 57.07251, longitude -3.581523 Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK: latitude 57.07251, longitude -3.581523

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK

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Fergus Gill, United Kingdom

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