Against the light you can see that the extremely touch-sensitive high precision tool - the beak - contains a lot of blood vessels. One reason why birds hate their beaks being touched - and something that renders the clipping of chickens’ beaks in factory farming absolutely unacceptable.
Yellow beak, red legs, lots of snow and ice! Had a wonderful afternoon yesterday with my very special, high alpine feathered friends: the gang of Alpine Choughs - not coughs!!! - at Untersberg in Austria. They are real corvids by nature, bold and kind, curious and clever. If you take a closer look at picture one, you will spot one of the many aspects that make wild bird photography so fascinating - you can see the reflection of the birds’ habitat - no cage bars - in their gleaming eyes. :-)