The swan above is one of a pair which spent the cold spell near the Windmill Lane bridge on the Staffs and Worcs canal, and had what was obviously a frequently met expectation of being fed.
The birds in the other pictures were on the boating lake at West Park, which stayed partially frozen even in the temporary thaw around the new year.
A hand-held camera zoomed in as closely as possible in poor light conditions means there is some camera shake even though the bird is still just a splash of colour in the centre of the picture. But even on an overcast New Year’s Day the vivid colours were unmistakable.
More on the heron whose patch is around Compton bridge. This time it was fishing from the private mooring which can be seen from the pavement on the bridge (this picture, however, was taken from the towpath).
These trees in and around the Smestow valley were pictured a few days before Christmas
The snow and the overcast sky have drained the images of almost all colour.
Video of chaffinches, sparrows, robins and a blackbird getting seeds from a bird table in a Wolverhampton garden.
Birds need food and unfrozen water to get through big freezes like this winter.
Railway walk seen from the path into the Barley Field, looking towards Meccano bridge.
Meccano bridge seen from the canal towpath.
This kestrel landed on one of the conifers behind Compton lock to use it as a lookout spot just as I was walking past.
Because of the slippery conditions underfoot, I had only brought out a moderate telephoto lens.
These pictures feature the front and rear ends of the same moored narrowboat.
Growing right by the umbellifers pictured on the 14th.
During the snowy spell, the ivy berries I saw were either covered only by a small cap of snow, as here, or completely hidden in a blanket of white.
The lock icing up just before Christmas.