Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s. I had found a small flock of Bohemian Waxwing eating Saskatoon berries along a fence line.
It was -30°C so I briefly considered using a portable hide (blind) until realising that the ground was to frozen to peg the hide down. Besides, if the cold wasn’t bothering the birds I could put up with it.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is For The Love Of..….
After rejecting the first couple of ideas for the challenge I thought about some of the various situations I have been in photographing birds.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain in Ontario, Canada. The camera and lens was covered to keep the rain off but the photographer wasn’t.
A male Common Kingfisher photographed from a small, cramped and hot canvas hide (blind) in Cheshire, England.
A Bohemian Waxwing photographed at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada.
An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch. Photographed while sitting in the water to keep cool on a hot and very humid day in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A female Common Merganser with a youngster on her back. Taken in Ontario, Canada while being swarmed and bitten by hundreds of mosquitoes.
A male White-breasted Nuthatch photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. Another -30°C day with some light snow falling this time.
A portrait of a female Wilson’s Phalarope taken while lying in sand mixed with wildfowl poop on the shoreline of a section of Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Delicious.
My initial idea was for the various caterpillars, spiders and assorted other insects being fed to young birds by their parents.
Then it occurred to me just how many shots of birds and mammals feeding I had in my archives. So I decided to expand on the original idea with a selection of six different feeding behaviours.
First, an American Red Squirrel feeding on seed in the grass in Ontario, Canada.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young with a green caterpillar in Cheshire, England.
A Bohemian Waxwing eating a berry at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by feeding on the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder in Ontario, Canada.
An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Finally, an adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its own breast feathers to its young in Cheshire, England.
Throwback Thursday is a follow-up of sorts to yesterdays Wordless Wednesday post. Here’s a Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) at -30°C.
Both birds were photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. I’m always impressed by the way small birds survive winter temperatures.
Nowadays some digital cameras make a big deal about a freezeproof rating of -10°C. I find that rather humourous having shot film at -40°C and digital at -20°C.
I found a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings feeding along a fence line one morning. I briefly considered putting up a portable hide (blind) until I thought about how hard it would be to peg down given how frozen the field would be. In the end I followed them along the fence line for a while before leaving them to finish stripping the berries.
The Daily Post one word prompt is Deplete.
A Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) eyeing up the last berry. I found a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings working their way down a fence line in Saskatchewan. They quickly depleted the berries.
Taken on a bitterly cold winter day, not that it seemed to bother the birds.