Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display.

I decided to take a sideways look at the challenge and go with a selection of birds on display to attract a mate or displaying to a potential mate.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display.

displaying Great Crested Grebes


A displaying male Yellow-headedBlackbird.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.


A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female. The bubbles in the water in front of the male are from him forcing the air out of his chest feathers by striking his chest with his bill which is part of the courtship display.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.


A displaying male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

16 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display”

Thanks Tina. I went with a selection of obvious display activity. Some species displays are so subtle you wouldn’t know what they were doing from a single photo.

Thanks Amy. It was a bit of a challenge coming up with four obviously displaying species. Recently I have been restricting myself to no more than four photos in a post but some species displays are so subtle you wouldn’t know what they were doing from a single photo.

Thanks Hannah. It was partly accidental as I titled the post Display missing the On until I did the pingback. Plus I figured a lot of people would be doing Christmas displays and I wanted something different.

Your photos give a really nice ‘slant’ on the prompt David. Never knew weed waving was part of the ritual of the Great Crested Grebes…heck, I had never even heard of the Great Crested Grebes. Just says I’ve been too much of a city slicker I guess.

Thanks Leya. I limited myself to four photos and went with the first four I thought of. Since posting I’ve remembered a list of other species.

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