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.
Nikon 7100; 200-400mm f4 lens and 1.4x extender at 500mm; 1/200 sec at f5.6; ISO 640.
Lechago, Teruel, Spain
Love this image?
Choose your favourite from this year's collection. You can only choose once.
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.