WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Winner 2016

10 Years and Under

Carlos Perez Naval, Spain

A delicate balance

Using the family car as a hide, and as shelter from the snow, Carlos scanned the reeds through his camera. Spotting movement, he followed the little bird as it flitted among the stems, waiting for it to show itself. Finally, just as the light changed, it paused for a second, side-on, at the edge of the reeds.

Chiffchaffs, which earn their name from their simple chiff chaff song, are one of the first songbirds to arrive in spring. This small migratory species must eat large quantities of insects to survive, picking them from the trees and snapping them up during flight.

Technical specification

Nikon 7100; 200-400mm f4 lens and 1.4x extender at 500mm; 1/200 sec at f5.6; ISO 640.


Lechago, Teruel, Spain: latitude 40.963844, longitude -1.297387 Lechago, Teruel, Spain: latitude 40.963844, longitude -1.297387

Lechago, Teruel, Spain

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Carlos Perez Naval

Carlos Perez Naval, Spain

Carlos has been taking photographs since he was five. He has won prizes in Spain, Italy and France, and was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014. He loves nature and spends as much time as possible photographing the plants and animals near his home in Spain.

  • Stinger in the sun
  • To drink or not
  • Summer days
  • Peck and peek