What exactly is the evolutionary path that produces the extraordinary plumage on this male Pheasant?
And an always engaging Long-tailed Tit.
A female Chaffinch is actually quite attractive if understated.
The strong rufous colouring, especially on the neck, and the relatively large ears means this is a Bank Vole.
The rufous tone is well illustrated here.
He was also part of the synchronised drowning competition – he is on the left with the brighter undertail.
A fine drake (Common) Teal in great light. Note particular the long scapulars hanging across the back.
A rather better shot of a pair of Shoveler with the drake keeping a careful eye on me.