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As the days lengthen in February, there are many signs of Spring and new life. Birds are engaged in energetic courtship display, some of the most spectacular involving ducks and mute swans. Grey herons return to their nest colonies and are busy collecting twigs to rebuild their nests. Meanwhile around the UK's coasts, wader flocks build up to peak numbers on estuaries and bays. February is also a good month to spot flocks of snow buntings, feeding on shorelines and saltings. With snow on the ground, especially in upland areas, tracks make elusive species such as the otter easier to locate, while squirrels and voles must actively forage to survive. In woodlands and hedgerows the first wildflowers emerge, and both hazel and willow catkins can be seen, while more moths are on the wing and fungi such as the scarlet elf cup decorate the forest floor.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) alert portrait in white winter coat, Monadhliath Mountains, Scotland, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) alert portrait in white winter coat, Monadhliath Mountains, Scotland, UK, February.
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) adult in threat posture, ~Derbyshire, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) adult in threat posture, ~Derbyshire, UK, February.
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) UK. February - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) UK. February
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying in pine forest in snow, Scotland, UK, February - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying in pine forest in snow, Scotland, UK, February
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on garden spade handle. Dorset, UK, February. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on garden spade handle. Dorset, UK, February.
Blue tit (Parus caerulus) adult perched on snow covered holly, Mid Wales, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Blue tit (Parus caerulus) adult perched on snow covered holly, Mid Wales, UK, February.
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) male feeding on oats in winter. Perthshire, Scotland, February - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) male feeding on oats in winter. Perthshire, Scotland, February
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) feeding on apples put out after snowfall, Leicestershire, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) feeding on apples put out after snowfall, Leicestershire, UK, February.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) drake swimming portrait, Derbyshire, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) drake swimming portrait, Derbyshire, UK, February.
Short Eared Owl (Asio flammeus) perching on fence post in evening sunlight. Lincolnshire, England, UK, February. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Short Eared Owl (Asio flammeus) perching on fence post in evening sunlight. Lincolnshire, England, UK, February.
Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) flowering, Brighton, Sussex, UK. February - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) flowering, Brighton, Sussex, UK. February
A large flock (murmuration) of Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) coming in to roost at Shapwick, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, February 2011 - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / A large flock (murmuration) of Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) coming in to roost at Shapwick, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, February 2011
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) perching among Cotoneaster berries. Hertfordshire, England, UK, February. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) perching among Cotoneaster berries. Hertfordshire, England, UK, February.
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) flowering on woodland floor. Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK, February. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) flowering on woodland floor. Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK, February.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) female hunting over grazing marsh, Burnham Overy, Norfolk, UK, February. Did you know? During flight, the left ear of the barn owl captures sounds below while the right ear focuse... - David Tipling / 2020VISION
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David Tipling / 2020VISION / Barn Owl (Tyto alba) female hunting over grazing marsh, Burnham Overy, Norfolk, UK, February. Did you know? During flight, the left ear of the barn owl captures sounds below while the right ear focuse...
Goosander (Mergus merganser) male displaying as part of pair bonding ritual in late winter. River Tay. Scotland, February - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Goosander (Mergus merganser) male displaying as part of pair bonding ritual in late winter. River Tay. Scotland, February
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) perched on boulder, camouflaged against snow in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) perched on boulder, camouflaged against snow in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) on a snowy rock. Scotland, UK, February. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) on a snowy rock. Scotland, UK, February.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) on horizon, camouflaged in winter coat on snow, Scotland, UK, February - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) on horizon, camouflaged in winter coat on snow, Scotland, UK, February
Bewick's swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) flying across a full moon, UK, February 2011 - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Bewick's swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) flying across a full moon, UK, February 2011
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) among flock of roosting Knot (Calidris canutus). Snettisham RSPB Reserve, The Wash, Norfolk, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) among flock of roosting Knot (Calidris canutus). Snettisham RSPB Reserve, The Wash, Norfolk, February
Cheddar Gorge after snowfall. Somerset, UK, February 2009. - Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / Cheddar Gorge after snowfall. Somerset, UK, February 2009.
Three Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) perched on rock, camouflaged against snow in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Three Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) perched on rock, camouflaged against snow in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February
The Wool Packs, an area of weathered gritstone boulders. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, February 2010. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / The Wool Packs, an area of weathered gritstone boulders. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, February 2010.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male in flight over snow covered Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland, February. ~ (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male in flight over snow covered Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland, February. ~ (non-ex)
Silhouette of Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) perched on rock against winter sun, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February. Photographer quote: 'At -20c and with fog rolling across the mountain... - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Silhouette of Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) perched on rock against winter sun, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February. Photographer quote: 'At -20c and with fog rolling across the mountain...
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) foraging on snow covered ground. Derbyshire, UK, February (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) foraging on snow covered ground. Derbyshire, UK, February (non-ex)
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus), cock bird in winter. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, February - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus), cock bird in winter. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, February
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying in pine forest in snow, Scotland, UK, February - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying in pine forest in snow, Scotland, UK, February
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) female in flight in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) female in flight in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Coal Tits (Periparus ater) on feeder in winter. Glenfeshie, Scotland, February. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Coal Tits (Periparus ater) on feeder in winter. Glenfeshie, Scotland, February.
Willow Tit (Poecile montanus) perched on a branch. Staffordshire, UK, February. - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Willow Tit (Poecile montanus) perched on a branch. Staffordshire, UK, February.
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on twig with catkins, Essex, UK, February - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on twig with catkins, Essex, UK, February
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched among Pussy willow, West Sussex, England, UK - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched among Pussy willow, West Sussex, England, UK
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on a snow covered branch, Mid Wales, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on a snow covered branch, Mid Wales, UK, February.
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on snowy twig. Glenfeshie, Scotland, February. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on snowy twig. Glenfeshie, Scotland, February.
Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) coming in to land of a sheaf of oats in winter. Perthshire, Scotland, February - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) coming in to land of a sheaf of oats in winter. Perthshire, Scotland, February
Three people watching common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) arriving to roost at Palace Pier Brighton. UK, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Three people watching common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) arriving to roost at Palace Pier Brighton. UK, February
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) hovering over coastal feeding area, North Norfolk, England, UK, February - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) hovering over coastal feeding area, North Norfolk, England, UK, February
Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) adult perched on ground, February, Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland, UK, February. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) adult perched on ground, February, Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland, UK, February.
Flock of Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) in flight, Norfolk, UK February - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Flock of Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) in flight, Norfolk, UK February
Flcok of Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) landing on coastal grassland, Norfolk, UK. February - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Flcok of Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) landing on coastal grassland, Norfolk, UK. February
Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) portrait, Norfolk, England, February - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) portrait, Norfolk, England, February
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Pair in courtship, male on right, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2007 - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Pair in courtship, male on right, Gloucestershire, UK, February 2007
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) courtship, Somerset, UK, Spring 2009 - John Waters
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John Waters / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) courtship, Somerset, UK, Spring 2009
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) breeding pair of adults during part of their courtship ritual, Nottinghamshire, UK, February - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) breeding pair of adults during part of their courtship ritual, Nottinghamshire, UK, February
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair engaged in a courtship dance, Nottinghamshire, UK, February - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair engaged in a courtship dance, Nottinghamshire, UK, February
Flock of Dark-bellied brent geese (Branta bernicla) flying over wetlands, Wallasea Island RSPB reserve, River Crouch, Essex, UK, February 2011 - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Flock of Dark-bellied brent geese (Branta bernicla) flying over wetlands, Wallasea Island RSPB reserve, River Crouch, Essex, UK, February 2011
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