Seen at the Finca Santa Marta near Trujillo, Extremadura, Spain, this is as much a portrait of the ancient cork oak as the bird.
Image 308 x 240mm.
Azure-winged magpies in olive grove
Seen at the Finca Santa Marta near Trujillo, Extremadura, Spain. Family parties of these birds forage among the contorted branches of small olive trees and meadows full of flowers such as tassel hyacinth. In a landscape which gets baked in the summer heat, a single stem of reed was growing in the damp pocket of the hollow olive trunk.
Image 340 x 260mm.
Harlequin Ducks west of Grundarfjordur, Iceland
These beautiful ducks gather in small parties on the coastal creeks after breeding up river. The glistening white markings on the males break up their shape against the dark grey volcanic sands and rocks.
Image 222 x 326mm.
Seen exploring the sinuous bark of an old willow, at one of my regular haunts north of Cambridge.