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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Some Spring Birds

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: New life emerging prompt.

There’s very little sign of spring around this part of Ontario at the moment, we got snow last Thursday.

So I decided to go with a small selection of of bird species that have started appearing on spring migration.

Saturday Bird: Pine Siskin

A Pine Siskin in spring. They stopped off in autumn on their way south and again on their way north in spring.

January Squares: Up #31

A male American Goldfinch. We had a couple of American Goldfinch on and off over winter but suddenly the male is getting his bright yellow breeding plumage.

January Squares: Up #26

A Chipping Sparrow. The first of the New World Sparrows to arrive this year. The first species is usually the Song Sparrow but I still haven’t had one this spring.

One Word Sunday: Spring

A Dark-eyed Junco. The first Juncos arrived a week or so ago and there was still at least six here at the weekend.

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CFFC

Rusty

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rusty or Decayed prompt.

I thought of two very different photos taken many years apart.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

A rusty tin roof on an abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A rusty license plate being used to reinforce a splitting railroad tie being used as a fence post near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Becky's Squares

January Squares: Up #31

Up on top of a branch.

This is my day 31 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up. A big thank you to Becky for another fun month of squares.

A male American Goldfinch looking Up checking for a predator while standing Up on top of a branch.

January Squares: Up #31
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Photo Challenges

Looking to the sky

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.

Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid
A Raccoon.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A male American Goldfinch.

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One Word Sunday

Nosy

I thought of a couple of photos on reading the One Word Sunday prompt Nosy.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Being watched by a Coyote near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the winter.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

Being spied on by a male American Goldfinch near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the summer.

 

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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

 

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 15th June 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s and an inquisitive male American Goldfinch.

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 fence post is an old railroad tie (or sleeper to the British) that was splitting. So in the past someone had nailed an old Saskatchewan license plate across the split to hold it together.

 

Monochrome Monday: 15th June 2020