Monthly Squares

Five Of A Kind #2

Five Bewick’s Swans at dusk. Photographed at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Lancashire, England.

This is my day 18 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Five Of A Kind
A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Sleeping

A contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Sleeping.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Sleeping

A bull Bison.


Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

A Bewick’s Swan.


Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest got me thinking about a dilemma I sometimes have as a photographer.

If a species can settle down and rest in front of you it means it’s relaxed and therefore you’re not stressing it. At the same time, editors often want photos of species doing something, a behavioral shot. It makes for a more interesting image than a species simply sitting there. So while I want the subject to relax in front of me I would like it to do something interesting.

A male Common Pochard resting. It was really the ripples on the water that caught my eye.

Common Pochard napping.


A Bewick’s Swan sleeping.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest


A European Rabbit resting.



An immature Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada having stopped off on its way south for the winter.

having a nap


Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the bird species that I have photographed when they’re deceiving the photographer by appearing to be resting or napping. They’re usually keeping at least a partially open eye on the photographer.

A Horned Grebe napping on a farm pond near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.


A napping Bewick’s Swan at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.

Bewick's Swan napping.


A male Common Pochard resting on Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.


A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

having a nap