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December in Britain is an unpredictable month, depending on the weather systems arriving from the mild Atlantic or the cold continent.Many areas of the country will experience the first serious snow of the country, especially in Scotland and other upland areas. Small birds forage on berries in parks and gardens, or move to milder southern or coastal areas. Squirrels, deer and other mammals work hard to find sufficient food as the temperatures drop. Meanwhile wildfowl and wader numbers build up on estuaries and wetlands, and starling roosts - often in reedbeds - provide a dramatic spectacle at dusk. Pied wagtails, jackdaws and rooks also huddle together for warmth in tightly-packed roosts. Amongst the bare branches of woodlands, late fungi and liverworts stand out in the bleak midwinter.
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) on snow covered seedhead of Lesser Burdock, December, Hertfordshire, UK - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) on snow covered seedhead of Lesser Burdock, December, Hertfordshire, UK
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) displaying in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010,  HIGHLY COMMENDED, ANIMAL PORTRAITS, 2011 WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) displaying in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010, HIGHLY COMMENDED, ANIMAL PORTRAITS, 2011 WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Highland Bull (Bos taurus) in freezing fog,~Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, December - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Highland Bull (Bos taurus) in freezing fog,~Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, December
Male Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) portrait, in winter frost, near Ringwood, Hampshire, England, December - Mike Read
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Mike Read / Male Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) portrait, in winter frost, near Ringwood, Hampshire, England, December
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on snow-covered branch in pine forest, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on snow-covered branch in pine forest, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December
Shetland pony (Equus caballus) walking through snow covered pasture, Wiltshire, UK, December 2010 - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Shetland pony (Equus caballus) walking through snow covered pasture, Wiltshire, UK, December 2010
Male Blackbird {Turdus merula} digging for food in snow, Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Male Blackbird {Turdus merula} digging for food in snow, Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) walking towards camera on ice, River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010 (This image may be licensed either as rights managed o... - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) walking towards camera on ice, River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010 (This image may be licensed either as rights managed o...
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) on Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn (Crataegus persimilis) 'prunifolia'. Hampshire, UK, December. - Mike Read
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Mike Read / Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) on Broad-leaved Cockspur Thorn (Crataegus persimilis) 'prunifolia'. Hampshire, UK, December.
Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) feeding on Rowan berries in snow, Norfolk, December - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) feeding on Rowan berries in snow, Norfolk, December
Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) small flock of juveniles taking flight over the frozen, snow covered pastureland on a foggy winter morning. These  Cranes were released by the Great Crane Project... - Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) small flock of juveniles taking flight over the frozen, snow covered pastureland on a foggy winter morning. These Cranes were released by the Great Crane Project...
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in frost by trees. Buckinghamshire, UK, December. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in frost by trees. Buckinghamshire, UK, December.
Dead tree in snow photographed with a long exposure at night, showing star trails. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. December 2008. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Dead tree in snow photographed with a long exposure at night, showing star trails. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. December 2008.
Flock of Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) flying to roost near Gretna, Scotland, UK, December - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Flock of Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) flying to roost near Gretna, Scotland, UK, December
Ice on Glen Bracadale, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK, December 2010. - David Noton
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David Noton / Ice on Glen Bracadale, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK, December 2010.
Row of trees, after hoar frost, early morning light, nr Bradworthy, Devon, Uk. December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Row of trees, after hoar frost, early morning light, nr Bradworthy, Devon, Uk. December 2010
Frozen lakeside of Loch Insh. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, December 2009. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Frozen lakeside of Loch Insh. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, December 2009.
Sunset over Loch Laggan, Creag Meagaidh NNR, Highland, Scotland, UK, December 2010 - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Sunset over Loch Laggan, Creag Meagaidh NNR, Highland, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Barn Owl {Tyto alba} perched on public footpath signpost, Cley, North Norfolk, UK, December - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Barn Owl {Tyto alba} perched on public footpath signpost, Cley, North Norfolk, UK, December
Oystercatchers {Haematopus ostralegus} in flight over breaking surf, Norfolk, UK, December - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Oystercatchers {Haematopus ostralegus} in flight over breaking surf, Norfolk, UK, December
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Gwynedd, Wales, UK December - Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Gwynedd, Wales, UK December
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) stretching its wings at dawn, Nottinghamshire, UK, December - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) stretching its wings at dawn, Nottinghamshire, UK, December
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) singing from a perch. Cheshire, UK, December. - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) singing from a perch. Cheshire, UK, December.
Barn owl (Tyto alba) over graveyard of St James Church, South Repps, Norfolk, UK, December. Digital composite - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Barn owl (Tyto alba) over graveyard of St James Church, South Repps, Norfolk, UK, December. Digital composite
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on snowy twig. Wales, UK, December. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on snowy twig. Wales, UK, December.
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on tree stump in garden with snow falling, Wales, UK. December - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on tree stump in garden with snow falling, Wales, UK. December
Robin {Erithacus rubecula} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin {Erithacus rubecula} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on dead stem of Purple loosetrife (Lythrum salicaria) Berwickshire, Scotland, December - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on dead stem of Purple loosetrife (Lythrum salicaria) Berwickshire, Scotland, December
Portrait of a European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in snow. Edinburgh, UK, December. - Mark Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Portrait of a European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in snow. Edinburgh, UK, December.
Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus) perched on dead deer antler in snow. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, December. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus) perched on dead deer antler in snow. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, December.
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) perched on snow covered Fir tree (Abies) branch, in a garden, Wales, UK December - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) perched on snow covered Fir tree (Abies) branch, in a garden, Wales, UK December
Male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) on snow covered lawn, Cheshire, UK, December - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) on snow covered lawn, Cheshire, UK, December
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male feeding on frozen rowan berries in winter. Perthshire, Scotland, December - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male feeding on frozen rowan berries in winter. Perthshire, Scotland, December
Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) perching during a snow shower. Perthshire, Scotland, December - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) perching during a snow shower. Perthshire, Scotland, December
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) female perched on frost covered branches. Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK. December (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) female perched on frost covered branches. Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK. December (non-ex)
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) perching on a snow covered branch. Perthshire, Scotland, December - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) perching on a snow covered branch. Perthshire, Scotland, December
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) perching in an apple tree with snow. Wiltshire, UK, December. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) perching in an apple tree with snow. Wiltshire, UK, December.
Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) feeding on frozen berries in a rowan tree. Perthshire, Scotland, December - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) feeding on frozen berries in a rowan tree. Perthshire, Scotland, December
Female Blackbird {Turdus merula} in deep snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK, December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Female Blackbird {Turdus merula} in deep snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK, December 2010
Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) feeding on windfall apples in snow. Dorset, UK, December. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) feeding on windfall apples in snow. Dorset, UK, December.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) on windfall apples. Dorset, UK, December. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Redwing (Turdus iliacus) on windfall apples. Dorset, UK, December.
Meadow Pipit {Anthus pratensis} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Meadow Pipit {Anthus pratensis} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
Skylark (Alauda arvensis) attracted to feed below seed feeders in a garden after heavy snowfall covering its naturally occuring food supply, Berwickshire. Scotland, December 2010 - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Skylark (Alauda arvensis) attracted to feed below seed feeders in a garden after heavy snowfall covering its naturally occuring food supply, Berwickshire. Scotland, December 2010
Common stonechat (Saxicola torquata) male in winter plumage perched in frost covered bush, Ibsley, Hampshire, England, December - Mike Read
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Mike Read / Common stonechat (Saxicola torquata) male in winter plumage perched in frost covered bush, Ibsley, Hampshire, England, December
Jay (Garrulus glandarius) in snow, Peak District, England, UK. December. - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Jay (Garrulus glandarius) in snow, Peak District, England, UK. December.
Female Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched on edge of box containing windfall apples in frost, Wirral, UK, December - Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Female Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched on edge of box containing windfall apples in frost, Wirral, UK, December
Pied wagtails (Motacilla alba yarrellii) silhouetted against the moon, roosting in tree in shopping centre. Kent, UK, December - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Pied wagtails (Motacilla alba yarrellii) silhouetted against the moon, roosting in tree in shopping centre. Kent, UK, December
Pied Wagtail {Motacilla alba} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Pied Wagtail {Motacilla alba} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
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