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Distance

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Distance.

On reading the prompt I thought of the distances some bird species cover on migration.

That made me think of the Red Knot, one individual ringed in Argentina breeds in the Canadian arctic. It’s officially known as B95, the identification on the orange ring on its leg. It’s nicknamed Moonbird having flown more than the distance to the moon on its migrations.

This is a juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline on autumn migration. It hatched from an egg in the summer and has already travelled from the Canadian arctic and could travel as far as South America on its first migration.

 

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Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

I had a few ideas for the challenge and quickly settled on one although I can’t really explain why I picked an autumn subject in spring.

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it.

This one’s quite easy.

 

 

Weekend Challenge: What Is It

A Fly Agaric fungi growing on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

Weekend Challenge: What Is It

The Fly Agaric fungi growing amongst Silver Birch trees on Bickerton Hill.

 

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Monthly Squares

With A Rainbow On Top

This is my day 16 contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

A rainbow tops a barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. It actually a double rainbow with a weak secondary one behind the main rainbow.

April Squares: Rainbow On Top of the Barn

 

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April Squares: On Top of the Stick

This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

A male Common Kingfisher on top of a stick I had positioned so that the bird was in front of the meadow from the portable hide (blind) I had set up.

Also known as a Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher.

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Travel

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Travel.

As it’s spring and we are seeing a few summer migrants on their way north for the summer my idea for this challenge was bird migration. I have a few species in my files that make very impressive migrations.

So I thought a small selection of birds that are part way through their long distance migrations.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

This is an adult White-crowned Sparrow with an immature White-crowned Sparrow in the background. These birds are on autumn migration and were photographed in my yard. The immature bird would have hatched from an egg in northern Canada in the summer. Some White-crowned Sparrows breed as far north as the edge of the tree line in Arctic Canada and some will winter as far south as central Mexico.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Travel

This is a female Northern Wheatear on autumn migration. Photographed on the bank of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. This bird will have spent the summer in either Greenland or Arctic Canada. It has crossed the Atlantic Ocean either by flying directly to Britain or by travelling via Iceland. After resting and feeding on the reservoir bank for a while it will continue its migration to spend the winter in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

One Word Sunday: Knot

This is a juvenile Red Knot on autumn migration. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at sunrise. This bird will have hatched from an egg in the Canadian Arctic in the summer. After feeding and resting it will continue to head south to spend the winter on the southern tip of South America. That’s 15,000 kilometers or 9,000 miles. One bird, banded (ringed) in South America in 1995 was recorded in the Canadian Arctic in 2014 by which time its total flight distance exceeded the distance to the moon. There’s more information on B95, nicknamed Moonbird here.

 

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April Squares: Looking up at the Autumn Tops

This is my day six contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Looking up at the autumn leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula. Taken with a fisheye lens although that’s not obvious because there’s very little of the distortion visible with the lens pointing almost straight up.

April Squares: Looking up at the Tops

 

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April Squares: Top of the Toadstool

This is my day three contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Toadstool is simply a nickname for fungi that is often poisonous or at least inedible.

 

April Squares: Top of the Toadstool

A Fly Agaric fungi cap photographed from above at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire.