A few minutes before Nancy posted this A Photo a Week Challenge: Eyes prompt I had been discussing eye colour in birds with someone on the comments section of one of my recent posts.
So it was almost ìnevitable that I would put together a post about birds eyes.
A North American Mourning Dove on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.
The Common Wood Pigeon found across Europe and parts of western Asia. Photographed in England.
A North American Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. A similar eye colour to the Common Wood Pigeon above although not in the same family of birds. The Common Grackle is related to the New World Blackbirds, Cowbirds and Orioles.
The Eurasian Collared Dove native to Europe and Asia and introduced to North America. Photographed in England, this species deep red eye is in contrast to both the Mourning Dove and the Common Wood Pigeon above. Three members of the Dove and Pigeon family and three different eye colours.
A male Common Blackbird found in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Photographed in England, the yellow-orange ring is bare skin around the eye and is only seen on the male. The Common Blackbird is a member of the Thrush family and is not related to the New World Blackbirds.
This is my rather late contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play. I only discovered the prompt days after it was posted.
A male Common Blackbird playing hide and seek with the photographer in Cheshire, England.
A male American Goldfinch playing hide and seek with the photographer in Saskatchewan, Canada.
My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Up close and personal.
I had a few ideas for the challenge and had decided on one until I started selecting photos. After picking the first shot I was planning on using I went in a different direction.
Here are three up close and personal shots of nature subjects taken in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. In one of those strange coincidences, after picking them I realised that they all had Common in their common English names.
First, a bird. A portrait of a male Common Blackbird. I had been photographing a plant species in a ditch when this male decided to check out what the human was up to. As I’m in a ditch the bird is looking down at me.
Second, an insect. A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth taken with a high magnification macro lens.
Third, an amphibian. A close up of a Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England. Most of the frogs eye is below the surface of the water. Taken with a high magnification macro lens and possibly one of the occasions when the camera body and/or lens ended up being dipped in the water.
A selection of bird species with Black in their common English names for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Black.
A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A female Blackcap feeding on a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England. Female Blackcaps have brown caps.
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Blackbird eating a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England.
A male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Ontario, Canada.
A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming its territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.
ThIs is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort.
My initial idea was a selection of comfortable looking bird and wildlife subjects. Then I got thinking about some of the close encounters I have had. When birds and wildlife have been comfortable enough to ignore me and carry on doing what they were doing before a photographer pointed a lens at them.
Lying in the yard in Ontario, Canada I was trying to get shots of an uncooperative male Cardinal when this Eastern Chipmunk started posing for the camera.
I was in the yard photographing Sparrow species one spring when this American Red Squirrel started feeding on seed under the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.
I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise when I found a couple of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. I spent some time with them, they fed, bathed, preened and even slept in front of me. Ontario, Canada.
I was sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline and continued on past me. Ontario, Canada.
I was lying in a mix of sand and wildfowl poop photographing American White Pelicans when a small flock of Wilson’s Phalarope landed on the shoreline and proceeded to feed around me. This female posed for a portrait before walking so close to me that the lens couldn’t focus on her. Saskatchewan, Canada.
I was in the yard photographing birds when this Racoon appeared and started eyeing up the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.
I was photographing a plant in a ditch when this male Common Blackbird came over to investigate the strange behaviour of the human. Cheshire, England.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s and continues the theme of birds eating windfall apples in the winter.
Having posted a male Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) at the end of January here’s a female. The female is a little different from the male, brown overall but with an orange bill and eye ring similar to a male.