The male wigeon below were at RSPB Marshside, Lancashire, in November.
The brown head of winter contrasts with the iridescent green seen in the mating season. These birds still show remarkable patterning, from the fluffy brown head, the bright white splash on the side, those sharply outlined wing feathers and the detailed engraving on the grey back and side. And what a difference when the sun came out.
This pair exhibit some differences between male and female, but not so marked as in summer.