Photo of the Week: 22-28 November 2021


Twite by Mark Woodhead



An increasingly infrequent sight in many parts, Twite is a beautiful yet often overlooked resident species. What better way to celebrate this charming finch – and highlight its perilous conservation status – than with a stunning, close-up portrait like this one by Mark Woodhead?

Caught in excellent light, Mark has made the most of an uncluttered setting (this is so often a species buried in dense, weedy areas, making a clean shot a challenge!) to really highlight the subtle beauty of this species, with its yellow bill, warm rufous-brown wash to the face and (just visible) pink rump among the key featurs. Well done to Mark on this great capture.



Other notable images


Great Egret, Timoleague, Cork (Richard Mills).

Common Buzzard, Swindon, Wiltshire (Clive Daelman).

Iceland Gull, Weymouth, Dorset (Matthew Barfield).

Glaucous Gull, Cley Marshes NWT, Norfolk (Nathaniel Dargue).

Common Gull, Pontefract, West Yorkshire (Joe Seymour).

Ruddy Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk (John Atkins).

Purple Sandpiper, Highcliffe, Dorset (Matthew Barfield).

Lewis's Woodpecker, Los Angeles, California (Alexander Viduetsky).

Isabelline Wheatear, East Linton, Lothian (Sam Northwood).

Dipper, Cromford, Derbyshire (Richard Pittam).

Common Starling, Croy, Highland (Colin Leslie).

Snow Bunting, Reculver, Kent (Alex Perry).

Written by: BirdGuides