This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature Animals prompt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birds. A pair of House Sparrows making more House Sparrows in a Cheshire garden.
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.
Bees. Well, a singular Honey Bee gathering pollen in a Cheshire garden.
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.
A Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.
A pair of Common Tern mating on a boulder in Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.
A male Common Kingfisher photographed in Cheshire, England.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Back Catalog.
My first thought was to check my last few Throwback Thursday posts. That got me nowhere so I started going through my archives.
I came across my photos of a Common Kingfisher taken in the early 1990s. These gave me an idea for this challenge.
I spent a couple of weeks locating a portable hide on the edge of a pool and setting up a selection of perches for the bird to use. After the time spent setting up and then sitting in the hide while taking the photos I was happy with the shots. But given the quality of digital captures and the quality of modern lenses I would love to reshoot the species at some point in the future.