Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Having spent a lot of my spare time digitising my slide archives over the winter the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside was rather well timed.

I now have digital copies of most of the nestbox interiors documenting the nesting cycle of various hole nesting species. So here’s the inside of three different nestboxes and three different species using them.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young. The adult has an unidentified insect in its bill.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

A male House Sparrow feeding young.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Occasionally the adults will take a break from the constant feeding to feed themselves and do some feather maintenance. As a result, all the young are hungry when feeding resumes.

 

Speciality

On reading the prompt for One Word Sunday: Speciality I had a couple of ideas for a post.

In the end I went with a specially designed nestbox and electronic flash that allowed me to document the nesting cycle of various bird species that use nestboxes. This meant that I could observe and record some interesting behaviour.

 

One Word Sunday: Speciality

In this photo one of the adult Eurasian Blue Tits, I’d say that it’s the female, brings in some moss for the nest. The way the nest is being built shows that one adult has a preference for moss while the other has a preference for dry grass.

 

One Word Sunday: Speciality

In this photo the male is feeding the female during incubation. Observation showed that the male always stood on the right side of the nest when feeding the female and the young when they were small.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

Tina has challenged everyone to a Treasure Hunt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

It all got a little confusing for me due to various issues unconnected with this blog. In the end I copied and pasted the list of treasure hunt items to a memo as a reminder.

Just to make things even more complicated I also made myself some rules. A set of four photos with two horizontal compositions and two vertical compositions. Also as wide a variety of techniques and subject matter as possible.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. This covers the sunset and the cold items of the treasure hunt. I’m assuming -40 degrees is cold enough.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A yellow bicycle in the snow. This covers bicycle and cold on the list of treasure hunt items. Actually, it’s the shadow of a tree on the shed that makes the shot for me.

 

Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts

Sewing a camera strap. This is for sewing in the list of bonus items.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun. This covers the sunrise and bird items of the treasure hunt.

 

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

A Photo a Week Challenge: Babies

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge is two photos this week. The prompt is Babies which got me thinking about bird species with young.

That made me think of two very different species that nest in tree cavities and will also use nest boxes.

This is a Common Merganser, a larger species of duck that needs a large tree cavity or nestbox. As soon as the eggs hatch the female carries the young to the water in her bill.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Babies

 

These are Eurasian Blue Tits. There are two adults feeding recently hatched young in a nestbox. Unlike the Common Merganser these young are born naked. It will be approximately 21 days before they have grown flight feathers and can leave the nestbox.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Babies

A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

Fish.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Apple.

Female Common Blackbird.

 

Poppy seeds.

Eating Poppy seeds.

 

Bugs.

July Squares: Mountain Bluebird.

 

Fish, again.

American White Pelican with fish.

 

Caterpillar.

Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.

Lens-Artists: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

I thought that the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue was going to be quite a hard challenge.

Until I thought of one photo that covered three out of the four, Old, New and Blue. All I needed was Borrowed and in the end the photo I picked for Borrowed also covered Blue and tied in with the first.

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig in the winter. Taken with a Borrowed 800mm lens and Nikon camera when I was toying with the idea of swapping my 600mm lens for an 800mm.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Something Borrowed and Blue.

 

Old and New Eurasian Blue Tits in a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.

Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.