This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 Items or the Number Two.
Having rather a long list of photos to pick from I decided to limit myself to eight photos.
Two tree trunks in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Two American Herring Gulls taking a shower on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Two Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating, Shropshire, England.
Two Eurasian Blue Tit, the male has just fed the female during incubation, Cheshire, England.
Two Banded Demoselles, the female is egg laying with the male in the background, Cheshire, England.
Two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Two Common Redpolls on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Two female Common Redpolls watching something.
Six Word Saturday.
One from the archives, taken in Saskatchewan in the late 1990s. I found a small flock of Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) feeding on windblown seeds caught in a snow bank.
Due to the temperature and wind I set up a portable hide (blind). This allowed me to get close to the birds without disturbing them while keeping slightly warmer as I was out of the wind. Sitting in the hide also put me closer to eye level with the birds on the snow bank.
The red on the breast makes this individual a male. The current scientific classification of the various Redpoll species is under debate by the various taxonomic authorities. My reasoning is that if they can’t agree I’m sticking with this being a male Common Redpoll.
A male Common Redpoll peeking over a snow bank at the photographer.
Photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada.