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Past Squares #17

Two of a Kind: American Avocets

Two Of A Kind

Two summer plumage American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. Although the photo is as much about the ripples as the birds.

Plus I’ve always liked the two drops of water falling from the males bill. I say it’s a male because the bill is straighter than the bird in the background. The more curved bill means that the background bird is a female.

A look back at some of my personal favorite square photos from previous months of squares. Some were popular, some not so popular at the time.

This was a post in Kind Squares Month and is my day 17 contribution to Becky’s October Squares on the theme of Past Squares.

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Throwback Thursday

A Red Deer hind and her calf

Throwback Thursday: Red Deer hind and her calf

My Throwback Thursday post this week is a follow-up to last week’s post, a Red Deer stag with his harem.

This photo was taken later in the afternoon after I had spent time working my way closer to the herd.

This is a Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) hind (female) with her calf. A Red Deer fawn is known as a calf.

They were part of a stags harem but I was able to isolate them after working my way closer.

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CFFC

Male and Female

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Male and female American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The foreground bird with the straighter bill is the male.

One Word Sunday: Company

A male Eurasian Blue Tit feeding the female during incubation. Photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

April Squares: Spinning Like Tops

Female and male Wilson’s Phalarope on Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The more colourful bird in the foreground is the female. In the Phalarope family of birds the males incubate the eggs and as a result have more subdued plumage for camouflage.

April Squares: Doing It on Top of a Rock

Male and female Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

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Throwback Thursday

Feeding during incubation

My Throwback Thursday post this week is returning to the story of the nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit I documented in 1987.

The eggs are laid and the female has started incubating them. Here the male is feeding the female during incubation.

One Word Sunday: Company
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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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Weekly Topics

Female Red-winged Blackbird

My Saturday Bird this week is a female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) and is a follow up to my Saturday Bird two weeks ago which was a male Red-winged Blackbird.

I waited two weeks to post the female because the males normally arrive some time before the females. This allows the males to set up territories before the females arrive.

This female was photographed in central Saskatchewan in the spring.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration
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CFFC

Birds

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

With nearly 40 years of bird photography in my archives I decided to go with one photo from each decade.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist

1980s. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

1990s. Male and female American Avocets in summer (breeding) plumage on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.