Categories
Weekly Topics

A Ring-billed Gull on patrol

My Saturday Bird this week is a breeding plumage Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) patrolling the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. It’s flying up and down the shoreline looking for anything edible being washed up on the sand.

Outside the breeding season adult birds have variable amounts of grey in the feathers on the head and neck. Although it’s a North American species some birds regularly wander to Western Europe with a few spending the winters in Britain and Ireland.

 

A Saturday Bird: A Ring-billed Gull on Patrol

 

Categories
Weekly Topics

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) in the late spring. Alternative common English names include Striped Gopher and Leopard Ground Squirrel.

Photographed near Punnichy on the Saskatchewan, Canada prairies in the late 1990s.

 

Flora and Fauna Friday: 3rd July 2020

 

Categories
Weekly Topics

Peek-A-Boo

Welcome to my second Travel Tuesday.

I spent part of the summer of 1995 in Saskatchewan, Canada shooting nature and travel photos for a couple of U.K. photo agencies.

I was photographing a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on weed seeds in a ditch when I noticed this male peeking around the fence post at me. The old Saskatchewan license plate someone had nailed to the fence post to stop it splitting further made it both a travel and a nature photo.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

 

Categories
Weekly Topics

Large White Butterfly eggs

Welcome to my second Macro Monday.

These are Large White Butterfly eggs on the underside of a Nasturtium leaf in Hatherton, Cheshire.

These eggs are tiny and were photographed with the high magnification OM Zuiko 38mm macro lens.

 

Macro Monday: Large White Butterfly eggs

 

Categories
Weekly Topics

An Olympus using European Robin

Welcome to my new weekly feature, Saturday Bird this week featuring a photo of a European Robin from 1988.

Given the recent announcement that Olympus is selling their camera division to a Japanese investment company the future of the brand is now uncertain. So I thought this photo of a European Robin checking the camera settings on an Olympus would be appropriate.

The bird is standing on my OM Zuiko 300mm lens. I had already taken a hacksaw to the tripod mount to make clearance for a sound proofing blimp. The chrome OM2n body is taped up to cut down on reflections. The camera is loaded with the ubiquitous Kodachrome 64.

 

A Saturday Bird: European Robin

 

Categories
Weekly Topics

Young European Rabbit

Welcome to my second Flora and Fauna Friday.

This is a young European Rabbit resting outside the warren. Photographed at the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch in Shropshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Young European Rabbit

 

Categories
Weekly Topics

Inglis Falls, Ontario

Welcome to my first Travel Tuesday, a new weekly feature featuring photos from some of my travels.

In 1985 I spent part of the summer living in southern Ontario shooting stock photography for two photo agencies, one a general stock agency and one a specialist natural history agency.

This is the Inglis Falls, one of three waterfalls close to the city of Owen Sound. The Sydenham River is flowing over a section of the Niagara Escarpment.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It