Memorable Times

Amy’s prompt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: It’s A Wonderful World got me thinking about some of the memorable times behind a camera.

One Word Sunday: Whatchamacallit

Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise, one of those mornings when the whole sky was interesting.

Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher

Sitting in a canvas hide (blind) a few feet from a Common Kingfisher.

Throwback Thursday: 18th March 2021

Interesting ice formations on Lake Huron at sunset during the spring thaw.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist

Documenting the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit using a specially constructed nestbox.


Mammals and Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature Animals prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Red Fox in a hay meadow in Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing
Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends
Richardson’s Ground Squirrel in the spring, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada
CMMC: Blue-Green
Male Common Kingfisher at Swanley near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Blue-Greens prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the Common Kingfisher found in Europe and parts of Asia.

The birds plumage varies between blue and green depending on the direction and quality of light falling on it. Here is three photos of the same male photographed at different times and in different light.

CMMC: Blue-Green
Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher
CMMC: Blue-Green
Weekly Topics

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
Month of Squares

April Squares: On Top of the Stick

This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

A male Common Kingfisher on top of a stick I had positioned so that the bird was in front of the meadow from the portable hide (blind) I had set up.

Also known as a Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher.


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees.

I decided to keep it simple and go with the prompt by using a small selection of photos taken in various gardens around the town of Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

Birds. A pair of House Sparrows making more House Sparrows in a Cheshire garden.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

Bird and Bee. Not really but as close as I could get. The insect in the bill of this male Common Kingfisher appears to have an ovipositor so could be a sawfly or solitary wasp.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

Bees. Well, a singular Honey Bee gathering pollen in a Cheshire garden.


Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common.

My first thought was of the various species of flora and fauna with Common in their common English names.

A female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Ducks in a row.


A Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

Eye of the frog.


A pair of Common Tern mating on a boulder in Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

mating Common Terns


A male Common Kingfisher photographed in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog