A winning image from the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2006 owned by the Natural History Museum, London, and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and sponsored by Shell.
Serkan Gunes (Turkey/Sweden)
Eric Hosking Award
When Serkan finished photographing a particularly beautiful sunset from his backyard, he suddenly realised a full moon was rising. 'I already had plenty of classic moon shots,' he says, 'and wanted to make a different picture by having something in front of the moon'. Packing up 30 kilogrammes of photographic equipment, he strode off into the woods to where he knew hooded crows would be roosting. 'There were dozens around in the trees, but none on the right branch. Suddenly this individual obligingly landed just in front of the moon. Serkan had time to take only two pictures - one focused on the moon and the other on the bird (which he like best) - before it flew off.
postmarked in 2008 with a 56p 'queen' stamp