Nest building.

Part two and about a week after part one. The pair of Eurasian Blue Tit have decided to use the nestbox so they start nest building. Initially this pair spent more time pecking at the entrance hole than nest building. But as it gets closer to time for the female to start egg laying the birds speed up the nest building.

So far most of the nest material is moss with some dry grass. I suspect one bird, the female, was doing more of the nest building at the stage although that will change.

Adult Blue Tit nest building, Cheshire, England

Moonrise, sunset.

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

This is my second post on this challenge but is actually the first version I put together before changing my mind and rewriting.

A moonrise from the mid 1970s and used in a slideshow which was part of my O level art exhibition. Taken from behind my parents house in Cheshire, England.

Moonrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England

Decades later and on a different continent in Ontario, Canada we have a spring sunset. The sun is setting behind Chantry Island and it’s lighthouse with a mix of ice and open water on Lake Huron in the foreground.

Chantry Island Lighthouse at sunset, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

A sunrise and a sunset.

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

I thought I would span the decades and change continents. The problem is that I have now changed my photo selection and rewritten this post three times.

This shot was taken shortly before the sun came up, I was down on the Lake Huron shoreline half an hour before sunrise. The plan was to test my new digital camera and some lenses. This is the fourth shot I took with the camera and I haven’t shot any film since.

Range light at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada

This male Mallard silhouetted against the setting sun was planned. I selected the best spot to give me the most variety of lighting and wildfowl on the water. A film shot from Lancashire, England in the early 1990s.

Male Mallard silhouetted at sunset, Lancashire, England

Scales.

Today’s one word prompt on The Daily Post is Micro.

These are scales on the forewing of a Magpie Moth. You can see the edge of the forewing and a small section of the hindwing on the right edge of the photo.

There are several moth species with the common English name of Magpie Moth, this is the species found in Europe and North America.

I’ve added a photo of the moth for anyone interested.

Magpie Moth forewing detail, Cheshire, England

Magpie Moth, Cheshire, England