A drake Mallard takes a bath!
And starts to preen.
This duck Mallard has also been preening. Note here the spread tail – not often you get the chance to see these markings. The white-edged blue speculum is also well-shown. Note the bill-pattern and how it differs from the plain greeny-yellow of the drake.
An immature Cormorant.
Here it is after diving. I assume that its partially submerged appearance is because it is very wet.
A Coot preening. Not often you can see the yellow spot at the top of the leg of this species.
I’ve said it before and will no doubt say it again: “aren’t feathers amazing?” And what a sweetie?
A different male Reed Bunting – a rather more blotchy individual.