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Male and Female

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Male and female American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The foreground bird with the straighter bill is the male.

One Word Sunday: Company

A male Eurasian Blue Tit feeding the female during incubation. Photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

April Squares: Spinning Like Tops

Female and male Wilson’s Phalarope on Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The more colourful bird in the foreground is the female. In the Phalarope family of birds the males incubate the eggs and as a result have more subdued plumage for camouflage.

April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

Male and female Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

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April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

This is my day 14 contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

I still don’t have an internet connection. I can use the cell phone as a WiFi hotspot early in the morning until the network gets busy so I am just posting anything I had prepared before Sunday evening.

A pair of Common Terns mating on a rock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Dark and the Light

When I read Dale’s prompt for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Dark and the Light I thought it was a good one.

Twenty four hours and half a dozen ideas for a post later I was having second thoughts about how good a prompt it was. In fact I started writing this having finally decided on a theme only to rethink it and change tack completely before going back to my first choice.

The Dark. Two photos of Black Terns taken as they fed over a road side marsh in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Twisting and turning.

 

Twisting and turning

 

The Light. Two photos of Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Two Common Terns

 

mating Common Terns

 

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Month of Squares

January Squares: About to Alight

In reality these two Common Tern were about to mate but the male had to alight first.

This is my day 22 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

January Squares: About to Alight

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common

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.

Ducks in a row.

 

A Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

Eye of the frog.

 

A pair of Common Tern mating on a boulder in Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

mating Common Terns

 

A male Common Kingfisher photographed in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog

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Terns Legs and Feet

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feet and/or Legs.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of this sequence of photos taken on the Lake Huron shoreline one spring.

I was photographing a Common Tern on a rock in the water when a second bird flew in with its legs and feet extended for landing.

Two Common Terns

The second bird lands and walks towards the one on the rock. By the front birds wing position it was fairly obvious what was going to happen next.

Ready to mate.

The birds mate, the male using his legs and feet to balance on the back of the female. I’m guessing that they were a well established pair as the male didn’t bring a fish as a courtship offering.

mating Common Terns

After mating both birds started using their legs and feet to scratch and preen.

Preening Common Terns

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Land, mate, preen

A sequence of photos taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in the spring.

I was photographing a Common Tern on a rock in the water when a second bird flew in.

Two Common Terns

The second bird landed and approached the one on the rock. By the front birds wing position it was fairly obvious what was going to happen next.

Ready to mate.

The birds mate. I’m guessing that they were a well established pair as the male didn’t bring a fish as a courtship offering.

mating Common Terns

After mating both birds started preening.

Preening Common Terns