My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge is two photos this week. The prompt is Babies which got me thinking about bird species with young.
That made me think of two very different species that nest in tree cavities and will also use nest boxes.
This is a Common Merganser, a larger species of duck that needs a large tree cavity or nestbox. As soon as the eggs hatch the female carries the young to the water in her bill.
These are Eurasian Blue Tits. There are two adults feeding recently hatched young in a nestbox. Unlike the Common Merganser these young are born naked. It will be approximately 21 days before they have grown flight feathers and can leave the nestbox.
This female Common Merganser has made a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline her home since arriving in the spring. She found a mate and raised a brood of young, one of which is riding on her back.
The young have to grow big and strong enough to head south for the winter before Colpoy’s Bay freezes over.
This is my take on the One Word Sunday challenge Home.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Line-up.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of this photo.
A female Common Merganser with a line of young behind her.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items.
As the challenge is 5+ I decided to go with a selection of six photos.
5+ young Eurasian Blue Tits.
5+ tree trunks.
5+ Common Merganser ducklings.
5+ Borage seeds.
5+ red berries.
5+ American White Pelicans.
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.
A female Common Merganser with a line of young on Lake Huron. Two of them are riding on the back of the female with the rest in a row behind.
A young Common Merganser hitches a ride on its mothers back.
Taken on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario soon after the sunrise I had gone down there for.