When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds I considered giving this challenge a miss.
Having had bird photos published everywhere from field guides to calendars over the years there has been a few times when I was embarrassed having my name on the photo credit. Each time was when an editor/publisher converted a colour original into monochrome.
Then I thought about going with a small selection of black and/or white birds. Meaning mostly black and/or white plumage.
Snow Geese on autumn migration in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Turkey Vulture making sure that the photographer is alive as it glides along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
A section of a winter Gull roost takes flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s and a pair of Mallard hanging out on the remains of a tree in Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich.
Another overlooked photo from my slide archives. I find the light rather strange in this photo. The birds and tree stump appear to be front lit while the reflections on the water make me think it’s backlit. I’ve come to the conclusion that the scene is front lit and it’s the angles of the ripples in the water making their reflections appear to be backlit.
I had a couple of ideas for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect.
I went with the following idea because there’s two types of connection involved.
The first is a channel connecting a marsh to a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The second is the connection between the birds and the photographer. It was a hot summer afternoon and my options were to lie in the hot sun on the edge of the channel or sit in the water with the birds. After I had been sitting in the water for a while the birds got used to me being there and pretty much ignored me. That’s the sort of connection you want, the birds behaving naturally as if you weren’t there.
The reason for me sitting in the water, a flock of American White Pelicans fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.
I noticed that I was also sharing the channel with a Red-necked Grebe.
After a while the Pelicans would swim out of the current in the channel and paddle past me back to the start.
The Grebe also got used to my presence in the water and would surface anywhere around me after a dive.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the early 1990s and is continuing my recent theme of spring arriving. I suspect that it was picking this photo for Throwback Thursday that reminded me of the Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings that caused me to change the theme of my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.
This is a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing part of their courtship display. There are several stages to their courtship display, this is the head shakes stage where the birds turn their heads alternately to the left and right.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.
When I read the prompt I thought of wide angle landscapes that take in a spread of view wider than the human eye can see without moving. I had actually started editing photos for the post before thinking of birds with spread wings.
Spreading its wings. A Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England and the photo I thought of that caused me to rewrite this post.
Two pairs of spread wings. Two American White Pelicans gliding between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Wings spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Tail spread, trying to impress a female in the spring. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
In this case a bathing European Robin photographed in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden.
This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #19.