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Throwback Thursday

Egg laying

My Throwback Thursday post this week is continuing my look back at the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit I documented in 1987.

The nest is lined and the cup of the nest is formed. Now the female is in the nestbox early each morning laying an egg.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning
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Throwback Thursday

Banded Demoiselle egg laying

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1990s.

This is a female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) egg laying in the inlet of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. There’s a male Banded Demoiselle in the background, possibly the male that mated with the female.

Taken with the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens, not normally an insect lens. I used it because these Demoiselle were several feet from the edge of the inlet. I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverter to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.

 

Throwback Thursday: Banded Demoselle egg laying

 

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Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Holidays

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Holidays.

Having written a few posts about Christmas recently I decided to go with a different approach to the challenge. Here’s a selection of photos taken during various public holidays.

Easter egg laying. A female Eurasian Blue Tit egg laying over the Easter holiday.

Female Blue Tit egg laying

 

Canada Day fireworks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

 

Boxing Day 2007. The sun sets behind Chantry Island while the lighthouse flashes. Lake Huron, Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Holidays

 

Wiarton Village Fair fireworks on the August long weekend, most commonly know as the Civic Holiday long weekend.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Cosmically Circular/Cosmically Square

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Weekly Prompts

Easter Egg Laying

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Easter.

I thought of Easter eggs which made me think of all the bird species laying eggs at this time of year.

This is a female Eurasian Blue Tit egg laying early morning in Cheshire, England.

Female Blue Tit egg laying

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Egg laying

Egg laying again but insects rather then birds this time. A female Banded Demoiselle egg laying watched by a male in the background. One from the archives taken in Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s.

In a strange way a follow-up to my Saskatchewan’s Provincial Flower post. You may wonder what the connection is between Damselflies and a Prairie Lily, it’s the lens used. I didn’t use a macro/close up lens for this shot, I used my long telephoto normally used for birds and wildlife. The reason being is that the Damselflies are in the middle of the water inlet of a reservoir a couple of metres from the bank. I set the tripod as low as it would go, mounted the telephoto and then started trying different combinations of teleconverters and extension tubes until I found a mix that gave me the magnification needed.

 

Banded Demoselles.

 

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Egg laying

This is the female egg laying in the early morning.

I checked the nestbox early morning and in the evening. Some evenings there was another egg being laid. At the time I assumed that it was the same female laying twice a day but current research suggests that it was probably a second female laying in the evening. Normal clutch size for the Eurasian Blue Tit is seven or eight eggs but as you will see later, there was a lot more eggs laid in this nest.

Female Blue Tit egg laying