Who are you calling an ugly duckling? Wildlife photographer conjures up some animal magic

An intrepid harvest mouse climbs up a spring blossom to a wise elderly owl on the prowl amid a field of lovely buttercups.

With these photos of animals enjoying British blossoms, wildlife photographer Richard Austin, the author of two books about his encounters while working with all species great and small, has caught nature in all its splendor.

  1. On a farm in Devon, a piglet nestles amongst rose blossoms.
In the pink: A piglet nestles between rose blooms on a farm in Devon

2. A pair of ducklings frolic amid the spring flowers, quacking snowdrops.

Quacking snowdrops: A pair of ducklings play among spring flowers

3. These aren’t bananas! A gorilla at Paignton Zoo sniffs a bunch of roses

These aren't bananas! A gorilla at Paignton Zoo sniffs a bunch of roses

4. A fox youngster peeks out from under a clump of daffodils, revealing a clever hiding spot.

Cunning hiding place: A fox cub looks out from beneath a bunch of daffodils

5. This lamb enjoys the scent of daffodils and is not to be sniffed at.

Not to be sniffed at: This lamb likes the smell of daffs

6. Hello there, petal! A daffodil being sweet-talked by a meerkat.

Hello petal! A meerkat tries to sweet-talk a daffodil

7. Who do you think you’re calling an ugly duckling? These feathered companions seek refuge amid the buttercups.

Who are you calling an ugly duckling? These three feathery friends find a hiding place among the buttercups

8. Danger mouse: A daring harvest mouse scales a bloom

Danger mouse: A daring harvest mouse scales a bloom

9. Eye say: A cheeky week from a wise old bird

Eye say: A cheeky week from a wise old bird

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