This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things.
So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favourite things.
My favourite Squirrel species, an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite sunrise locations, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite North American shorebirds, two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.
My favourite North American Sparrow species, a diminutive Chipping Sparrow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite European birds, a European Robin given a selective colour treatment.
My favourite lens, the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm. I purchased it used nearly a quarter of a century ago and it’s still my go to lens for birds and wildlife. The ground pod set up in the photo was used to photograph the American Red Squirrel at the start of this post. The lens has also been used for quite a few landscape, sunrise and sunset images over the years.
My favourite camera bag. The Domke F-2 RuggedWear, a waxed cotton canvas bag. I decided to try a canvas Domke F-6 bag a few years ago. I wanted a smaller, lighter shoulder bag for my retro kit of three (now four) manual focus prime lenses. I discovered that the soft canvas bag stayed on my hip without swinging and bouncing around and seemed easier on my shoulder. I needed a bigger bag than the F-6 for my regular kit of zoom lenses so I swapped the Tenba bag I had been using for decades for the Domke F-2.
The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Feathers.
An easy challenge for me having been photographing birds for decades. So I decided to do something a little different, rather than just picking photos of birds I would select shots where the birds feathers were a feature of the photo.
Feather maintenance. A well camouflaged juvenile Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird has stopped over on its way south for the winter.
Feather washing. An adult European Robin bathing which is an important part of feather maintenance. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Feather iridescence. Iridescent feathers on a male Common Grackle are used to attract a female and are an indication of the health of the bird. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Feathers for insulation. A male Evening Grosbeak warms one leg and foot in its feathers at -30°C. Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Feather feeding. An adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its own breast feathers to its young. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. There is some debate about why many species of Grebe feed their breast feathers to the young.
Feathers spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Time.
A European Robin at bath time.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is I’d Rather Be…
I’d rather be behind the camera than sitting in front of the computer editing photos.
Between film and digital I have photographed hundreds of species of birds but there’s something about the European Robin. Confiding and sometimes so tame you have to be careful not to step on them, some are real characters.
Beloved weekly photo challenge. The photo below is a film shot from the 1980s that I came across in my slide files recently.