It was winter in Kouvola, Finland, and Liina set off with her father to their hide to take pictures of birds. ‘It was still completely dark,’ she says, but soon the early morning light revealed a group of around six jays close by. ‘There was a lot of squabbling.’ This was her favourite shot because of the angle of the birds and the way their feathers are spread apart. The low light also helped bring out their beautiful colours.
Nikon D700 + 200-400mm f4 lens; 1/4000 sec at f4; ISO 1000; Manfrotto tripod; hide.