This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday: All in a Row photo challenge.
A row of ducklings behind a female Common Merganser on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada in the late summer.
A row of Double-crested Cormorants fishing where the Saugeen River flows into Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.
A row of restored veteran commercial vehicles on display at a steam rally in Cheshire, England.
Rows of Snow Geese flying to roost at sunset in the autumn at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
A row of trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
A row of American White Pelicans fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.
A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.
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.
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.