I couldn’t resist this as I know it is Mark’s least favourite British bird, but this shows the lovely crimson breast and crown, and the gleaming white wing flash. They were nest building in the gorse when I took this photograph. I say “they”, but she was doing all the works while he sat around looking decorative and singing. It was taken in West Yorkshire.
Taken with a Nikon D500 and a 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4x converter. 1/2000 second f5.6 ISO 1000 (17 April 2017).
Mark writes: a very clear photo of why we should all dislike the Linnet. This chinless wonder of the bird world has a plumage that looks unfinished and thrown together. A grey head – grey, for heaven’s sake. That’s not a proper colour is it?