Twite (Carduelis flavirostris)

Taken near Stromness on the mainland of Orkney with the Nikon D3s and the 500mm prime with a 1.7 teleconverter using a shutter speed of 1/100, F8 and iso 2,000. This was taken in poor light very early in the morning.

The twite breeds in barren and bleak habitats making the open moorland or our northern isles ideal. They are usually seen in flocks along arable land and coastal areas. It primarily eats small seeds. It builds a cup shaped nest among low vegetation laying 4 - 6 eggs which hatch after 12 days.