Throwback Thursday

Red Deer

Throwback Thursday: 7th October 2021

My Throwback Thursday post this week is a Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag with his harem photographed in October 1995. There’s a couple of young males partially hidden in the long grass in the background.

One of the largest species of deer, males are called a stag or hart while females are called a hind. During the mating season, known as the rut, large, dominant stags hold groups of hinds called harems.

Taken at Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire, England, the deer park is part of the Peak District National Park.


Male and Female

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Male and female American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The foreground bird with the straighter bill is the male.

One Word Sunday: Company

A male Eurasian Blue Tit feeding the female during incubation. Photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

April Squares: Spinning Like Tops

Female and male Wilson’s Phalarope on Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The more colourful bird in the foreground is the female. In the Phalarope family of birds the males incubate the eggs and as a result have more subdued plumage for camouflage.

April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

Male and female Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Month of Squares

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This is an American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the breeding season adult birds grow a laterally flattened horn on the upper bill. The horn is shed after the birds have mated and laid eggs.

It was a hot, sunny afternoon so if I wanted to get to eye level with the birds I had two choices, lying in the sun at the edge of the water or set up a tripod in the water and sit in the water with the camera. I chose to sit in the water.


Eye Level with an American White Pelican


Throwback Thursday

Red Deer Rut

Throwback Thursday travels back to Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s.

A group of Red Deer hinds being watched over by a stag during the rut. A group of hinds held by a stag is known as a harem.

Throwback Thursday: Red Deer

Throwback Thursday

American White Pelicans.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the summer of 1999.

I spent most of the day in the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. I found a flock of American White Pelicans feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

It was a hot day and I wanted to get as close to eye level with the birds as possible. That meant either lying on the bank in the sun or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting behind it in the water.

I had a Uni-Loc tripod with me so it set it up in the water. The Uni-Loc tripods are different from most tripods with the legs in effect reversed. Which means that they can be submerged in water up to the bottom of leg lock. There’s no need to strip the legs down to drain the water and dry the locking mechanisms out unless you go above the leg lock.

The birds were feeding by drifting down the channel letting the water carry them along. These three Pelicans are swimming back up the channel to start again.

Trio of Pelicans.

Month of Squares

July Squares: Blue Water, Horned Grebe

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on blue water (a farm pond) in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Horned Grebe is known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

July Squares: Horned Grebe, Blue Water.

Throwback Thursday

Swimming in the Shallows.

Throwback Thursday travels back to the 1980s and a bird in its habitat. The photo was taken at Brown Moss, a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.

This is a Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in breeding plumage. An alternative name for the Little Grebe is Dabchick which seemed more commonly used when I was growing up. The bird is swimming in a shallow section of the large pool on the reserve.

Little Grebe or Dabchick.