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Weekly Photo Challenge

Sometimes it’s just about the Water

It’s not always about the bird, sometimes the bird is just there to provide a focal point or a sense of scale to the ripples and reflections on the water.

A contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #14 Photo Challenge.

 

Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge

A male Common Pochard rests amongst some interesting ripples and reflections on the water.

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 9th February 2020

Silent Sunday: 9th February 2020

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest got me thinking about a dilemma I sometimes have as a photographer.

If a species can settle down and rest in front of you it means it’s relaxed and therefore you’re not stressing it. At the same time, editors often want photos of species doing something, a behavioral shot. It makes for a more interesting image than a species simply sitting there. So while I want the subject to relax in front of me I would like it to do something interesting.

A male Common Pochard resting. It was really the ripples on the water that caught my eye.

Common Pochard napping.

 

A Bewick’s Swan sleeping.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

 

A European Rabbit resting.

Rabbit.

 

An immature Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada having stopped off on its way south for the winter.

having a nap

 

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Six Word Saturday

I’m Keeping An Eye On You

Resting male Common Pochard watching me.

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Six Word Saturday: I'm Keeping An Eye On You

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the bird species that I have photographed when they’re deceiving the photographer by appearing to be resting or napping. They’re usually keeping at least a partially open eye on the photographer.

A Horned Grebe napping on a farm pond near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

 

A napping Bewick’s Swan at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.

Bewick's Swan napping.

 

A male Common Pochard resting on Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

 

A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

having a nap

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Serenity

A few photos that I find rather serene.

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Serenity.

Resting male Common Pochard, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Shadows from trees.

Center of a Coneflower, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Florescent Coneflower.

Patches of ice on Lake Huron at dusk, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Ice on Lake Huron at dusk.

Mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Mist over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear

A selection of birds photographed from the rear. My contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear.

A resting male Common Pochard from the rear. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

A male Purple Finch from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

A sunbathing Dunnock from the rear. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

A young Pine Siskin from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Juvenile Pine Siskin.

A Fieldfare from the rear. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.

Wintering Fieldfare in an orchard.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird from the rear. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird surveying his territory.