Categories
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
Categories
Monthly Squares

Three Of A Kind #2

Three American White Pelicans flying between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada.

This is my day 14 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Three of a Kind
Categories
Monthly Squares

Two Of A Kind

Two American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the summer.

This is my contribution to day 2 of Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

Two of a Kind: American Avocets
Categories
Saturday Bird

Eurasian Nuthatch

My Saturday Bird this week is the Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea).

Alternative common English names are Wood Nuthatch and simply Nuthatch. The species is found across most of Europe and a large section of Asia. This bird was photographed in Cheshire, England.

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

Crowded and Tangled

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge set by Ann-Christine who asked us to Pick a Word from a list in her post.

I went with two of the words for my post, Crowded and Tangled.

Lens-Artists: Pick a Word
A Crowd of Oystercatchers at Point of Air on the North Wales coast in the winter.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos
A Tangle of Snow Geese on autumn migration at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos
A Tangle of Black-headed Gulls over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the winter.
Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect
A Crowd of American White Pelicans fishing on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Categories
Saturday Bird

Common Kingfisher

My Saturday Bird this week is a male Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

Alternative common English names include Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher although I don’t recall ever seeing one on a river. The species is found across Europe, North Africa and Asia.

This individual was photographed on a small pool next to a canal in southern Cheshire, England in the early 1990s.

Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher
Categories
Saturday Bird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

My Saturday Bird this week is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The only Hummingbird species that breeds in eastern North America.

This is a male photographed in mid summer. After courtship and mating the male leaves the female to raise the young. Males start heading south as soon as early August.

I selected this photo to show the worn plumage. The bird will moult its plumage when on its wintering grounds. They spend the winter in Central America, Mexico or Florida. Some birds make a 900 mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico.

Saturday Bird: Ruby-throated Hummingbird