Saturday Bird


My Saturday Bird this week is the Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) and is a follow up to last week’s post about the Redwing.

The Fieldfare is a member of the thrush family and a winter visitor to the U.K. like the Redwing. Sometimes seen in mixed flocks with Redwing. It breeds in northern Europe and across the Palearctic. It is a very rare breeder in the U.K.

This individual was photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England where it was feeding on windfall apples.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Macro Monday

Gatekeeper Butterfly

My Macro Monday post this week is a Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), a butterfly species found in Europe. An alternative common English name is Hedge Brown.

The darker patches in the center of the forewing show this is a male. The butterfly is resting on a Bramble leaf in Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.


Macro Monday: Gatekeeper Butterfly


Saturday Bird

Common Wood Pigeon drinking

This week my Saturday Bird is the Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) or Wood Pigeon it was known as when I was growing up. Some references hyphenate Wood-pigeon and I’ve also seen it referenced as Woodpigeon. It’s primarily a European species although its range does extend into western Asia.

The bird is drinking at a small garden pond at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. This angle shows the iridescent feathers around the neck and shoulders.


Saturday Bird: Wood Pigeon


Saturday Bird

An Olympus using European Robin

Welcome to my new weekly feature, Saturday Bird this week featuring a photo of a European Robin from 1988.

Given the recent announcement that Olympus is selling their camera division to a Japanese investment company the future of the brand is now uncertain. So I thought this photo of a European Robin checking the camera settings on an Olympus would be appropriate.

The bird is standing on my OM Zuiko 300mm lens. I had already taken a hacksaw to the tripod mount to make clearance for a sound proofing blimp. The chrome OM2n body is taped up to cut down on reflections. The camera is loaded with the ubiquitous Kodachrome 64.


A Saturday Bird: European Robin


Throwback Thursday

Male Eurasian Bullfinch

This week’s Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a male Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) feeding on grass seeds in a hay field. Alternative common English names include Bullfinch and Common Bullfinch.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shadows and Silhouettes

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt Shadows and Silhouettes.

I decided to keep it simple and go with one photo of shadows and one photo of a silhouette.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Trees and their shadows at Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A Eurasian Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun at Faddiley in southern Cheshire, England.



Monochrome Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature.

I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.

So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.