This was rather a puzzle until I could get a good close-up look – a pair of Teal having a cuddle.
Breeding time is a time for fighting for dominance amongst these drake Mallards.
While breeding time for Tufted Ducks means that drakes are in ‘full tuft’.
Here is that blue-grey bare skin in close-up.
And with the wind catching the head-plumes.
From this angle the head and neck look somehow ill-proportioned.
That is a mean-looking spear. Note the eyes looking down the bill.
Good to know all that action resulted in at least a snack.
A pair of Moorhens get amorous: it is that time of the year.
Perhaps we will all go this way.
This is a more typical view!
Not sure whether this is the same bird but the rufous shows well here
And not just on the breast – some rufous feathers along the flanks and in the wings too.
A much better flying shot as it disputes with an adult Black-headed Gull.
A close-up of a first-year Black-headed Gull.
A full adult breeding plumaged Black-headed Gull in flight.
There is a breeding colony and all these are adults.
Breeding colonies are noisy places full of sparring gulls.
A Black-headed Gull take-off.
Another pair of adult Black-headed Gulls full of the joys of Spring.
Here on its own and in better light we see its features more clearly but we lose the size-comparison.
Technically a better shot but lacks the oomph of the singing bird.
A Goldfinch of course