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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 14:24 UK time, Friday, 24 September 2010

There really is so much going on up in the skies and in our seas and rivers during this season of change. Fortunately many of you have been out capturing magical moments of migration. To show the team's appreciation here's our favourites.

This glorious bird caused a bit of a buzz in the Autumnwatch office. Researcher Ruth has been itching to get twitching! The glossy ibis that have been seen around the south of the UK these past weeks are thought to have been blown off course. A brilliant capture by Rich demonstrates perfectly how this bird got its name.

Grey phalaropes are another vagrant visitor to our shores (as the BTO have noted in this week's migration news). Those that do turn up in the UK will have been blown off course by bad weather. We were impressed by Rob's use of warm light in this portrait.

It's not just the birds. Atlantic salmon are on the move this season too. They'll be returning from the far north Atlantic ocean around Greenland and heading upstream jumping waterfalls and negotiating rapids to get back to where they were born to lay their eggs. Unfortunately for some of them, predators such as these bottlenose dolphins can take advantage of the salmon running close to the beach. A great reward for a dedicated photographer.

Our swallows are readying themselves for their big trip to South Africa. This lovely close up clearly shows those amazing feathers that allow them to take on this mammoth migration.

The sooty shearwater makes a huge migration from the North Atlantic at this time of year and can be seen on our coasts as it passes through. Once thought to have the longest migration of any animal, the sooty shearwater's 40,000 mile annual trip was usurped by the Arctic tern's 44,000 miles recorded in January this year. They're hard to photograph so we had to congratulate Tim on his capture.

Our populations of migrant hawker dragonflies are boosted in late summer and early autumn by the arrival of migrants from the continent. A nice angle in this shot shows off how colourful these dragonflies are.

Ospreys are very visible at this time of year as they head off on their autumn migration to Africa. This is a perfect portrait of an osprey as they are famed for their spectacular fishing skills.

Wheatears are summer visitors to Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the coasts of England. They'll be heading off soon to winter in central Africa. We like Nigel's use of depth of field in this crisp shot.

Keep up to date with all the latest migration stories with our Migration news.

As always please keep sharing your autumnal wildlife photography on the BBC Autumnwatch Flickr group where you can also get help with identifying species you've photographed or just discuss wildlife and wildlife photography with the Autumnwatch community.

Check back next week for our next Flickr favourites or for more beauties have a look at last week's Fungal Flickr favourites and please let us know your favourites by commenting below.



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