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From Ground or Water Level

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Ground Level prompt.

It was a good prompt for me as I usually try to get to eye level with birds and mammals. This often involves lying on the ground behind the camera.

However, I quickly realised just how many photos I had to pick from. So initially I decided to limit myself to four photos. Then I decided to go with one photo from the past four decades, partly to make the selection easier.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

1980s. A male Common Blackbird checking 1what the photographer is doing. I was in a ditch photovraphing something when I noticed this male spying on me. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

CMMC: Silver or Gold

1990s. A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a cattle watering hole. I wanted to get as low a viewpoint as possible so had the legs of the tripod fully spread and then stomped them into a mixture of mud and cattle poop before lying behind the camera. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Juvenile Red Knot

2000s. A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. The shoreline was too rocky to lie down behind the camera so I was kneeling, trying to get as low a possible. I spent long enough with the birds that they fed, bathed and napped in front of me. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals

2010s. An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. From the 52 week photo project I did in 2018 when I spent lots of time lying behind the camera photographing birds and mammals. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

10 replies on “From Ground or Water Level”

Thanks Dale. It’s a different species of squirrel. The Eastern Gray Squirrel that you know as a Grey Squirrel is restricted to towns and cities around here and most of them are the black variant in the local towns.

We are starting to get black ones reintroduced here, they’re supposed to breed with the grey ones and reduce the level of diseases they carry, apparently.

I thought the black ones were just a melanistic race of the regular grey. If the black carry less diseases maybe that’s why they’re so dominant in this part of Ontario.

I knew that but obviously the virus doesn’t affect the American Red Squirrel that is resident in rural areas around here because there must be territorial overlap between the two species.

The Eastern Gray Squirrels in rural Saskatchewan are grey. I never worked out why the ones in towns and cities around here were mostly black. I know dark (melanistic) variations of some insects were found in European cities because they’re better camouflaged against smoke blackened habitat but that shouldn’t apply to squirrels.

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