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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary prompt.

On reading the prompt I didn’t have any ideas for some time. Then I thought about the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The National Wildlife Area includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary, the first federal bird sanctuary in North America.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

The sanctuary is a breeding area for American White Pelicans.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the autumn.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration in the sanctuary.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the winter.

 

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Saturday Bird

Marbled Godwit in a marsh

My Saturday Bird this week is the Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), a large shorebird (wader to the British) and the largest of the four species of Godwit.

The vast majority breed in the mid-continental North America, followed by eastern Canada and the Alaska Peninsula, USA. Most of them winter on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

This individual was photographed in a marsh between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada in early summer.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with a Redwing

This is my day 28 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This one is a little different than a lot of my eye level perspective series for July Squares. Rather than lying down, sometimes in something nasty, I am standing in a bedroom taking photographs out of the bedroom window.

This is a Redwing, a member of the Thrush family and a native of Europe and the Palearctic feeding on a Holly berry in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden in the winter.

 

July Squares: Eye Level with a Redwing

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

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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Saturday Bird

Red-breasted Nuthatch

My Saturday Bird this week is the Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis). The species breeds in coniferous forests across Canada, Alaska and the northeastern and western United States. It regularly migrates irruptively, with both the number migrating and the wintering locations varying from year to year.

This individual was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the winter.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with a female Wilson’s Phalarope

This is my day 24 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective series.

This is a female Wilson’s Phalarope feeding on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline in Saskatchewan, Canada. To get down to eye level with the bird I was lying in sand mixed with duck and goose poop.

 

July Squares: Eye Level with a female Wilson's Phalarope

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Pair

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

My first thought was pairs of birds, mammals and insects. I decided to keep it simple and go with a pair of photos of pairs of birds. As it turned out, the two photos I picked were taken a couple of miles and three years apart.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A pair of American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Water Water Everywhere #30: Golden Reflections

A pair of Horned Grebe amongst reflections on a farm pool near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.