This gull was bathing to get its feathers in tip top condition against the January cold.
This robin seemed poised to confront not only any other robin, but also any passing people.
Patches of bullrushes can be found beside all the canals which go through the city – here on the Staffs and Worcs canal in south Staffordshire.
A great tit looking for food in an oak tree.
These heavy growths of lichens are on trees on the edge of Valley Park.
A canada goose slowing down to land.
Growing at the side of the Staffs & Worcs canal, bare at the end of January.
The tuft which gives the name to this small black and white duck is the feathers sticking out at the back of the head.
Here a female tufted duck in front of a female mallard to give an idea of the relative size of the two species. Tufted ducks are one of the smallest native species.
The tuft at the back of the head is less clearly visible in this male.
Deciduous trees in winter show their structure, as with this oak.
Unmistakable and, when the light catches their normally black feathers, beatifully iridescent.
These blooms are now more advanced, as here in this patch by Himley Hall yesterday.