Mandarin duck, Female, Bylet, Bridgnorth

Mandarin duck female standing on the tip of the Bylet at Bridgnorth, then minutes later on the river just a few yards downstream.

Out of the breeding season she’s in the less showy eclipse plumage, with only slight traces of pattern and colour.

There seems be a short length of fishing line – on her head ashore, shifted to the body afloat. Hopefully, it is just resting on the feathers, not actually permanently caught on her.