Throwback Thursday

Red Deer Rut

Throwback Thursday travels back to Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s.

A group of Red Deer hinds being watched over by a stag during the rut. A group of hinds held by a stag is known as a harem.

Throwback Thursday: Red Deer

Throwback Thursday

Bickerton Hill Autumn Colours

Throwback Thursday travels back to Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

I was looking down from the top of the hill, isolating interesting patches of colour with a telephoto lens.

Throwback Thursday: 24th October 2019

Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Back Catalog

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Back Catalog.

My first thought was to check my last few Throwback Thursday posts. That got me nowhere so I started going through my archives.

I came across my photos of a Common Kingfisher taken in the early 1990s. These gave me an idea for this challenge.

I spent a couple of weeks locating a portable hide on the edge of a pool and setting up a selection of perches for the bird to use. After the time spent setting up and then sitting in the hide while taking the photos I was happy with the shots. But given the quality of digital captures and the quality of modern lenses I would love to reshoot the species at some point in the future.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog

Throwback Thursday

Snow Geese Take Off

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s and Snow Geese on autumn migration.

This is a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. A staging areas for Snow Geese heading south on autumn migration. I was on an observation tower that overlooks part of the Lake photographing small groups of birds flying in to join the main flock on the water. At this point something spooked the main group and the flock took off as one.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Geese Take Off

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Odd One Out

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

I had gone to Bickerton Hill, Cheshire looking for wildlife and any early autumn colour. I noticed the blue green of a solitary conifer amongst a sea of green Silver Birch trees and used a telephoto lens to pick the conifer out.

Throwback Thursday: Odd One Out

Throwback Thursday

American White Pelicans.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the summer of 1999.

I spent most of the day in the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. I found a flock of American White Pelicans feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

It was a hot day and I wanted to get as close to eye level with the birds as possible. That meant either lying on the bank in the sun or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting behind it in the water.

I had a Uni-Loc tripod with me so it set it up in the water. The Uni-Loc tripods are different from most tripods with the legs in effect reversed. Which means that they can be submerged in water up to the bottom of leg lock. There’s no need to strip the legs down to drain the water and dry the locking mechanisms out unless you go above the leg lock.

The birds were feeding by drifting down the channel letting the water carry them along. These three Pelicans are swimming back up the channel to start again.

Trio of Pelicans.

Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Back of Things

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Back of Things.

I was considering a photo of an old farm tractor ploughing in competition at a ploughing match. Which made me think of some of the other images of farming I have. Editors were frequently looking for images of agriculture in the 1980s and 1990s. They would turn to photo libraries for images rather than commission a photographer to go out and shoot such images.

That’s when I remembered this image, manure spreading from behind. A regular photo request was for images of manure spreading. So one morning I spent a couple of hours dodging flying manure trying to get as many angles as possible while the tractor driver would occasionally try to get me.

Cee's B & W Photo Challenge: Back of Things.