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January is a prime month in the UK for wintering wildfowl. It's also a great time to see species such as mountain hare and ptarmigan in their winter colours. Barn owls and short-eared owls may be seen hunting in daylight, while gamebirds forage even in the deepest snow, and in the Scottish Highlands capercaillies are displaying. Meanwhile mammals - apart from the few species that hibernate - are still very active. Garden birds are in need of extra sustenance and birdfeeders and birdtables may attract more unusual visitors. Starling roosts in towns and reedbeds build up into large numbers, while robins and thrushes are starting to sing and rooks are returning to their nest colonies. In milder areas frogs will be returning to their breeding ponds, while early moths may be on the wing, and mosses and lichens are very evident before flowering plants and deciduous trees spring to life. Frost and snow on fields, woods and hedgerows completes a magical picture.
Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) male on a loch, with others in the background. Scotland, January - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) male on a loch, with others in the background. Scotland, January
European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) resting in snow. Taken in controlled conditions. UK, January. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) resting in snow. Taken in controlled conditions. UK, January.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on snow-covered branch in pine forest, Glenfeshie Estate, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on snow-covered branch in pine forest, Glenfeshie Estate, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January
Great-spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) male drumming the trunk of Scots pine tree trunk, Glenfeshie Estate, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Great-spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) male drumming the trunk of Scots pine tree trunk, Glenfeshie Estate, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January
View up through canopy of Silver birches (Betula pendula) in winter, Insh Marshes, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December. Photographer quote: ^Fingers and toes might protest at -15c, but on... - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / View up through canopy of Silver birches (Betula pendula) in winter, Insh Marshes, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December. Photographer quote: ^Fingers and toes might protest at -15c, but on...
Frosted Guelder rose berries {Viburnum opulus} Angus, Scotland, UK (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / Frosted Guelder rose berries {Viburnum opulus} Angus, Scotland, UK (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying in pine forest in snow, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January. Did you know? The UK populations of capercaillie were reintroduced in the 19th... - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying in pine forest in snow, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January. Did you know? The UK populations of capercaillie were reintroduced in the 19th...
RF- Mountain hare in winter coat (Lepus timidus), Scotland, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / RF- Mountain hare in winter coat (Lepus timidus), Scotland, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) perched in snow, Wales, UK, January - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) perched in snow, Wales, UK, January
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in winter coat, running across snow, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, January 2010. Photographer quote: ^After 4 hours of trudging through deep snow I was completely exhausted an... - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in winter coat, running across snow, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, January 2010. Photographer quote: ^After 4 hours of trudging through deep snow I was completely exhausted an...
Blackbird (Turdus merula) male feeding on apple in snow, Derbyshire, UK, January - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / Blackbird (Turdus merula) male feeding on apple in snow, Derbyshire, UK, January
Three Mute Swans (Cygnus Olor) in flight over frozen Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Kincraig, Scotland, UK, January - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Three Mute Swans (Cygnus Olor) in flight over frozen Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Kincraig, Scotland, UK, January
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) singing in winter. Cornwall, UK Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) singing in winter. Cornwall, UK Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use.
Curious juvenile Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) ~Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, January - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Curious juvenile Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) ~Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, January
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on snow-covered branch in pine forest, Glenfeshie Estate, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on snow-covered branch in pine forest, Glenfeshie Estate, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January
Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) gathering at roost in snowy woodlands. Buckenham, Norfolk,January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) gathering at roost in snowy woodlands. Buckenham, Norfolk,January
Blackbird (Turdus merula) male foraging on snow covered ground, during a blizzard. Derbyshire, UK. January (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Blackbird (Turdus merula) male foraging on snow covered ground, during a blizzard. Derbyshire, UK. January (non-ex)
Flock of whooper swans on water in winter {Cygnus cygnus} Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire, England, UK - Geoff Scott-Simpson
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Geoff Scott-Simpson / Flock of whooper swans on water in winter {Cygnus cygnus} Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire, England, UK
Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flower heads covered in hoar frost, Somerset Levels, UK, January - Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flower heads covered in hoar frost, Somerset Levels, UK, January
Under the ice lake habitat view. Llynnau Mymbyrl, Snowdonia, Wales, January 2011. - Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Under the ice lake habitat view. Llynnau Mymbyrl, Snowdonia, Wales, January 2011.
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) drinking from a pool.~Wales, UK, January. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) drinking from a pool.~Wales, UK, January.
Frost crystals on Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) seeds. Dorset, UK. January - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Frost crystals on Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) seeds. Dorset, UK. January
Close up of lichen on tree bark, Assynt, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January - Niall Benvie / 2020VISION
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Niall Benvie / 2020VISION / Close up of lichen on tree bark, Assynt, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January
Close up of lichen on tree bark, Assynt, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January - Niall Benvie / 2020VISION
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Niall Benvie / 2020VISION / Close up of lichen on tree bark, Assynt, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January
Close up of moss on ground, Assynt, Assynt Uplands, Scotland, UK, January - Niall Benvie / 2020VISION
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Niall Benvie / 2020VISION / Close up of moss on ground, Assynt, Assynt Uplands, Scotland, UK, January
Close up of lichen on rock, Assynt, Assynt Uplands, Scotland, UK, January - Niall Benvie / 2020VISION
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Niall Benvie / 2020VISION / Close up of lichen on rock, Assynt, Assynt Uplands, Scotland, UK, January
RF- Robin (Erithacus rubecula) portrait in snow. Near Bradworthy, Devon, UK. January. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / RF- Robin (Erithacus rubecula) portrait in snow. Near Bradworthy, Devon, UK. January. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) male standing on snow covered moorland, Peak district, England, UK. January. - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) male standing on snow covered moorland, Peak district, England, UK. January.
Pied wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) taking off from snow covered ground. Derbyshire, UK, January (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Pied wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) taking off from snow covered ground. Derbyshire, UK, January (non-ex)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched in snow, Wales, UK (non-ex) January - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched in snow, Wales, UK (non-ex) January
Siskin (Carduelis spinus) male perched on frosted Cotoneaster branch, Scotland, UK - Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Siskin (Carduelis spinus) male perched on frosted Cotoneaster branch, Scotland, UK
Adult Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) standing in shallow water. Dorset, UK, January. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Adult Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) standing in shallow water. Dorset, UK, January.
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) in snow, Wales, UK (non-ex) January - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) in snow, Wales, UK (non-ex) January
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) walking across frozen lake during a blizzard. Derbyshire, UK, January (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) walking across frozen lake during a blizzard. Derbyshire, UK, January (non-ex)
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) in shallow water, Gloucestershire, England, January - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) in shallow water, Gloucestershire, England, January
Male Common teal (Anas crecca) swimming towards the photographer, Norfolk, UK, January - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Male Common teal (Anas crecca) swimming towards the photographer, Norfolk, UK, January
Two Common teal drakes (Anas crecca) in flight past Wigeon (Anas penelope) group swimming and standing on flooded Somerset Levels on a foggy winter morning. Greylake RSPB reserve, Somerset, UK, Januar... - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Common teal drakes (Anas crecca) in flight past Wigeon (Anas penelope) group swimming and standing on flooded Somerset Levels on a foggy winter morning. Greylake RSPB reserve, Somerset, UK, Januar...
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) drake or male (first winter) on water by reeds. Gloucestershire, UK, January. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) drake or male (first winter) on water by reeds. Gloucestershire, UK, January.
European pochard (Aythya ferina) male flapping wings on water, Welney WWT reserve, Norfolk, UK, January - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / European pochard (Aythya ferina) male flapping wings on water, Welney WWT reserve, Norfolk, UK, January
European pochards (Aythya ferina) on water, Welney WWT, Norfolk, England, January - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / European pochards (Aythya ferina) on water, Welney WWT, Norfolk, England, January
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) male flapping wings, Welney WWT, Norfolk, UK, January - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) male flapping wings, Welney WWT, Norfolk, UK, January
Coot (Fulica atra) dancing on ice, Wirral, England, UK, January. - Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Coot (Fulica atra) dancing on ice, Wirral, England, UK, January.
Slavonian / Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) in winter plumage on water. Thorney Island, Hampshire, England, UK, January. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Slavonian / Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) in winter plumage on water. Thorney Island, Hampshire, England, UK, January.
Two Bewick swans {Cygnus columbianus bewickii} flying with full-moon in sky. UK. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Two Bewick swans {Cygnus columbianus bewickii} flying with full-moon in sky. UK.
Young Grey Seal {Halichoerus grypus} taking a break from suckling from mother, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, January - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Young Grey Seal {Halichoerus grypus} taking a break from suckling from mother, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, January
Silhouette of Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) moving quickly across beach at sunrise, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, January - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Silhouette of Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) moving quickly across beach at sunrise, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, January
Birch trees (Betula) at Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin, Glen Affric, Scotland, January. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Birch trees (Betula) at Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin, Glen Affric, Scotland, January.
Old Man of Storr at dawn, Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, January 2011. Did you know? The Isle of Skye is twinned with the fictional islands 'Skylands' from the Skylanders video game. - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Old Man of Storr at dawn, Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, January 2011. Did you know? The Isle of Skye is twinned with the fictional islands 'Skylands' from the Skylanders video game.
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