Young Downy Woodpecker.

We have young Downy Woodpeckers and young Hairy Woodpeckers being fed by the adults. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to get photos of them over the past couple of weeks.

This isn’t the best photo I’ve got of any of them, it’s the only photo I have got so far. It shows an immature Downy Woodpecker with the tail and part of the wing of the adult male that had just fed it before disappearing up the tree trunk.

Downy Woodpecker juvenile.

Good catch.

An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch. One from the archives, photographed on Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.

This part of Ontario is under a heat warning at the moment which got me thinking about photography in hot weather. That made me think of a hot afternoon in Saskatchewan when I set up a tripod in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of Last Mountain Lake. I sat in the water behind the camera. There was a group of American White Pelicans fishing in the channel. They would swim in the direction of the water flow before flying back to the start of the channel and repeating the fishing expedition.

This breeding adult looks a bit grumpy despite the size of the fish it has caught.

American White Pelican with fish.

Wet Paint.

Throwback Thursday brings another photo with a variety of throwbacks.

The subject is a British post box photographed in Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s. I used to look out for interesting post boxes and classic red British telephone boxes to photograph. In those days editors were often looking for images of red post and telephone boxes so it was useful to have some interesting ones on file.

It was the casual, chalked warning of Wet Paint that first caught my eye. Nowadays there may be Caution Tape surrounding it to keep people away from the wet paint. The red paint on the utility pole amused me.

Also notable is the GR cast into the door. That means that the post box is from the reign of King George V which dates it from 1910 to 1936. Which means it was at least 50 years old when I took the photo.

Wet Paint on a post box.

Spiky Raccoon.

Saturday morning saw me wake up early enough to head out for a sunrise. It was raining so I went back to bed. It was still raining when I got up the second time so I decided to set up in the yard to photograph birds and mammals in the rain.

You can probably guess what happened, the rain stopped before I got any photos. I started photographing the usual species when a wet, bedraggled Raccoon walked out of the bush into the yard.

The spiked fur makes me think of Punk Rockers from the late 1970s.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

Thick fog at sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 25 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay. No sunrise with a thick fog blanketing the area. Dark enough when I got down to the shoreline I had to grab a flashlight (a torch for any British readers) out of the car. I needed it to see the bubble (spirit) level I use to level the camera and to check the front element of the lens for water drops as the fog was dripping off the leaves of the trees I was under.

By the time I packed the camera away the sun had been above the horizon for 15 minutes by the clock in the car. I had guessed that it was up as I wasn’t having to use the flashlight any more.

Given the lack of colour because of the fog I decided to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome. I was also trying for some movement in the leaves on the trees so this is a 25 second exposure. I kept the monochrome conversion fairly low key to match the conditions at the Bay.

A foggy morning.