Weekly Topics

Young European Rabbit

Welcome to my second Flora and Fauna Friday.

This is a young European Rabbit resting outside the warren. Photographed at the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch in Shropshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Young European Rabbit


Throwback Thursday

Relaxing European Rabbit

Throwback Thursday travels back to Shropshire, England in the late 1980s.

The location is Brown Moss a local nature reserve near Whitchurch. The reserve consists of marsh, pools, heathland and woodland habitats. The was a large rabbit warren on a section of heathland. I was friendly with the warden responsible for the site and he gave me permission to put up a portable hide (blind). So I spent a few mornings sitting in a canvas hide photographing the rabbits.

Throwback Thursday: 23rd April 2020


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.


Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Funny Furry Friends

When I read the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends I had a few options.

There’s no shortage of furry friends within yards of where I sit writing this with Squirrels, Chipmunks and even Raccoons visiting the yard in Ontario, Canada on a regular basis.

However, I haven’t spent months digitising my slide archives not to make use of the digital versions. So here’s a small selection of furry friends from Shropshire, England and Saskatchewan, Canada.


Friendly Friday: Funny Furry Friends

A European Rabbit photographed on the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat in the spring having just emerged from hibernation. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

This Striped Skunk was photographed at Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. I was looking for migrant birds when it wandered out of the vegetation along the shoreline.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

This is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel. Photographed in the spring near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have never worked out which lines on the ground squirrels body you are supposed to count to get 13.


Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest got me thinking about a dilemma I sometimes have as a photographer.

If a species can settle down and rest in front of you it means it’s relaxed and therefore you’re not stressing it. At the same time, editors often want photos of species doing something, a behavioral shot. It makes for a more interesting image than a species simply sitting there. So while I want the subject to relax in front of me I would like it to do something interesting.

A male Common Pochard resting. It was really the ripples on the water that caught my eye.

Common Pochard napping.


A Bewick’s Swan sleeping.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest


A European Rabbit resting.



An immature Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada having stopped off on its way south for the winter.

having a nap



CFFC: Animals

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

After some thought I decided to go with a selection of animals covering a range of sizes, locations and decades.

A wet Racoon that wandered into the yard last summer.

Spiky wet Racoon.


A Red Deer stag with his harem at Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Red Deer stag and it's harem.


A Red Fox in a hay meadow in Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Hunting Red Fox.


A Coyote watching the photographer. Taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

A Coyote watches the photographer.


A young European Rabbit photographed at Brown Moss, Shropshire, England in the 1980s.


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 24th April 2019