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An extremely well timed shot of a sailboat at dawn with a bonus feature. To wit:

…by a lucky coincidence, the background Sun itself appears unusual — it looks like the Greek letter Omega (Ω). In reality, the Sun remained its circular self — the Omega illusion was created by sunlight refracting through warm air just above the water. Optically, the feet of the capital Omega are actually an inverted image of the Sun region just above it. Although somewhat rare, optical effects caused by the Earth’s atmosphere can make distant objects near the horizon — including the Sun and Moon — look quite unusual. This single exposure image was taken over the Mediterranean Sea just over two weeks ago near Valencia, Spain.

(Image: Juan Antonio Sendra)


The ten category winners of the 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

[From top: “Electric” by Carlos Cifuentes Torres, (White Stork Ciconia ciconia. Seville, Spain);  “Fairy landing on Earth,” by Shu Qing, (Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus. Sanmenxia, Henan, China); “A new beginning” by Swayamsiddha Mohapatra, (Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis. Kaziranga National Park, India); “Swifts over Iguazú Falls” by Francesco Filippo Pellegrini, (Great Dusky Swift Cypseloides senex. Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina); “Hoopoe flight at low speed” by Gadi Shmila, (Common Hoopoe Upupa epops. Israel); “Perfect camouflage” by Moshe Cohen, (Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops. Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel); “Ropewalker” by Nicolas Reusens, (Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera. Papallacta, Ecuador);  “Feeding frenzy” by  Greg Lecoeur, (Cape Gannet Morus capensis. Port St Johns, South Africa); “On the attack!” by Georgina Steytler, (Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus. Perth, Western Australia). and “End of the day” by Majed AlZa’abi, (European Shag Gulosus aristotelis. Vardø, Norway).]

Explore the full collection here.