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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Something Good

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good.

I drew a blank on this prompt at first before thinking about the way the natural world is carrying on as normal regardless of the humans around them. Spring migration continues as normal so I thought of some of the recently arrived or recently emerged from hibernation species in this part of Ontario.

 

A sign of spring.

I had my first American Robin about a month ago.

 

Northern Cardinal male feeding.

We had a male Northern Cardinal show up in the yard about three weeks ago.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

I had my first Eastern Chipmunk emerge from hibernation about 10 days ago.

 

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

I heard Sandhill Cranes calling a week or two ago and saw two last Thursday.

 

Portrait of a Racoon.

I had my first Raccoon of the spring yesterday (Friday) evening.

 

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

The Weekly Prompts: Boundaries challenge got me thinking about the variable boundaries wild birds and animals put between themselves and humans.

The reason I say variable is because most species will keep their distance from humans. The more erratic and noisy the behaviour of the human the wider the boundary between them.

On the other hand, some understanding of animal behaviour and some fieldcraft will allow you to get within a few feet of many species. I have had wild birds and mammals approach me so closely that I couldn’t focus the lens I was using on them.

 

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

Portrait of a female Wilson’s Phalarope taken at Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. A flock of six Wilson’s Phalaropes landed close to me when I was photographing some American White Pelicans. I laid down in the sand and wildfowl poop at the edge of the lake and proceeded to spend some time with them. When I was lying down the birds started ignoring me. This female was so close I couldn’t get all her body in the frame. Some of the birds wandered so close I couldn’t focus on them.

 

Friendly Friday: Funny Furry Friends

This European Rabbit was photographed in Shropshire, England. I was surprised how relaxed some Rabbits were at this location. I know there was a Red Fox hunting them. I did wonder if they were so  relaxed because they knew that the Fox wouldn’t be around if there was a human in the area.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton during its autumn migration. I had gone down to the shoreline for the sunrise and discovered two Red Knot. I spent long enough with them that they started ignoring me allowing me to photograph them feeding, bathing, preening and resting.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

This Eastern Chipmunk was photographed in our yard in Ontario, Canada. The various birds and mammals got so used to me lying in the grass that summer that they started ignoring me. I had Chipmunks running across my legs while squirrels and birds landed in the Cedar branches a few feet away checking out the human in the grass.

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Christmas Preparations

When this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge was posted I was working on my Christmas card for 2019. Rather appropriate for the Christmas Preparations challenge.

I always make a double sided card with a vertical image on one side and a horizontal image on the other. That gives people the option of choosing which photo to display and allowing them to stand or hang the card in either orientation.

The vertical shot on this year’s card, an Eastern Chipmunk posing in the grass.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

 

The horizontal shot on this year’s card, a hodgepodge of tree trunks in the autumn.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

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

I considered the more obvious candid shots of humans before deciding to go in a completely different direction.

An American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula. One of the squirrels in the area that are so used to me being around that they ignore me allowing me to take candid portraits as they go about their business.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

An Eastern Chipmunk ignoring the photographer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

A Racoon that wandered into the yard. It’s more interested in the bird feeders than the photographer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

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Weekly Photo Challenge

CFFC: Gardens

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gardens.

A selection of nature subjects taken in a variety of gardens over the years.

 

A Redwing eating a Holly berry photographed in a Cheshire, England garden in the mid 1980s.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.

 

Orange Daylily photographed in an Ontario, Canada garden a couple of years ago.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

An Eastern Chipmunk photographed in a garden in Ontario, Canada a decade or so ago.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

 

Borage flower buds photographed in Cheshire, England garden in the mid 1990s.

Borage plant.

 

A leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker photographed in a Cheshire, England garden in the late 1980s.

Leucistic Woodpecker on a suet feeder.

 

A Coneflower photographed in an Ontario, Canada garden a year or two ago.

Echinacea or Coneflower.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban.

My initial thought was that I don’t do urban before thinking of urban Red Foxes. At that point I started thinking about some of the flora and fauna I have photographed in urban areas.

An American Robin on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. Canada.

A sign of spring.

An Eastern Chipmunk in an urban garden, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries photographed in an urban Cheshire garden.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries.

A male Eurasian Siskin eating peanuts in an urban garden, Cheshire, England.

Eurasian Siskin on peanuts.

A Red Fox trotting along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Trotting Red Fox.

A Borage flower photographed in an urban Cheshire garden.

Borage plant.

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort

ThIs is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort.

My initial idea was a selection of comfortable looking bird and wildlife subjects. Then I got thinking about some of the close encounters I have had. When birds and wildlife have been comfortable enough to ignore me and carry on doing what they were doing before a photographer pointed a lens at them.

Lying in the yard in Ontario, Canada I was trying to get shots of an uncooperative male Cardinal when this Eastern Chipmunk started posing for the camera.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

I was in the yard photographing Sparrow species one spring when this American Red Squirrel started feeding on seed under the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise when I found a couple of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. I spent some time with them, they fed, bathed, preened and even slept in front of me. Ontario, Canada.

having a nap

I was sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline and continued on past me. Ontario, Canada.

Trotting Red Fox.

I was lying in a mix of sand and wildfowl poop photographing American White Pelicans when a small flock of Wilson’s Phalarope landed on the shoreline and proceeded to feed around me. This female posed for a portrait before walking so close to me that the lens couldn’t focus on her. Saskatchewan, Canada.

Female Wilson's Phalarope.

I was in the yard photographing birds when this Racoon appeared and started eyeing up the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

I was photographing a plant in a ditch when this male Common Blackbird came over to investigate the strange behaviour of the human. Cheshire, England.

Male European Blackbird.