Mute swan, Isle of Jura, United Kingdom by Martina Novotna

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When it's rainy outside it can be tempting to stay in the warmth of the house, however 'bad weather' can be a blessing in disguise. It can produce creative opportunities for capturing wildlife, and you may be lucky to see the moment the weather changes for the better. This can lead to some amazing light and colours and you may even be treated to a rainbow or two.

I am always on the lookout for such creative opportunities. Often you will return home wet and cold with not much to show but occasionally the magic moment happens, and it makes it all worth it. Holding onto that possibility can make all the difference in whether you stay home or try your luck.

As a Hebridean island, the Isle of Jura can have rapidly changing weather. Between expeditions for some of the more renowned wildlife on the island I had been visiting this family of swans that frequented a local bay. Unperturbed by the rainy weather that day, I set out in my waterproofs in search of wildlife to photograph. Passing the local bay, I became mesmerised by the colour of the sea and sky revealed in brief moments of dry spells between the otherwise relentless rain. I decided to explore my photographic opportunities there and was rewarded by this amazing rainbow. Soft colours and light that transformed the whole scene. Remarkably, as this happened the female swan decided to flap its wings. Adjusting my position to align the swan with the rainbow, I captured this photo with signet peeking from below one of her wings, there under the protection and safety of its mother.

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