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Splash of Colour

The winter days are almost at their shortest now. Light is at a premium and the least little bit of cloud starves us of any bright colours. It was during a walk around the lake as the late afternoon was forcing the last little glimmers of brightness for us that we were blown away with a splash of colour.

From beneath the trees hanging over the water swam a Mandarin drake. Originally a species of wildfowl collections Mandarins are now widespread but uncommon wild breeding birds in the UK.

Pushing the cameras capability to its absolute maximum I managed a few photos. It really did add colour to a drab mid winter.

 

Mandarin

 

 

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