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This is the website of British artist and illustrator Francesca Ross

Over time, a bird’s feathers take a lot of wear, and so need replacing each year.  When birds moult their wing and tail feathers, they are especially vulnerable to predators until the new ones grow.  This pheasant was one of the smart birds – he had chosen the RSPB Centre at Leighton Moss to do his moulting and was sitting by the path, sunbathing.  I was amazed at the irridescence that could be seen even on feathers that would normally not be visible.

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