WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


José Pesquero, Spain

Spiralling sparrows

José wanted to create a special image of these familiar birds as they squabbled over a feeder. Using a vintage manual lens to produce a soft, swirly background, he pre-focused the shot, anticipating where the action would occur. The sunlight filtering through the trees backlit their wings, the spiralling backdrop mirroring the sparrows’ twisting flight.

House sparrows, our cheerful but noisy neighbours, have declined drastically in some areas. The causes of the drop are uncertain, but the remaining populations are as gregarious as ever. They occasionally fight over food and fiercely defend their nests from other sparrows, as well as many different bird species.

Technical specification

Nikon D810; Helios 44 58mm f2 lens; 1/250 sec at f2.8; ISO 80; remote shutter release.

Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain: latitude 40.44521, longitude -3.790774 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain: latitude 40.44521, longitude -3.790774

Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain

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José Pesquero

José Pesquero, Spain

Landscapes, nature and wildlife were some of José's first photography subjects, when he found a passion in bird photography and birdwatching. He has received multiple awards in international photography competitions.