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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening.

I had a few ideas for openings for this prompt. As a bird photographer I have used a variety of openings from windows to holes in portable fabric hides (blinds). I decided to stick with one type of opening and settled on vehicle windows.

I decided to go with vehicle windows in part because I thought it would make the selection easier. Because the list of species is shorter than some of the other openings.

That was the theory, in practice I changed my selection at least four times before deciding to set some rules. Four photos, two bird species and two mammal species. Two species from Britain and two species from Canada.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A Fieldfare that spent part of the winter feeding on windfall apples in an abandoned orchard in Cheshire, England.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A Red Fox photographed from a vehicle as it hunted in a hay field in Cheshire, England.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada. By the curve of their bills, a male in front and a female behind.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A Coyote watching the photographer from the edge of some bush in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

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Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors

A selection of winter visitors for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors.

These bird species move from their breeding grounds to spend the winter in different locations.

A feeding Whooper Swan, a winter visitor to the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.

Portrait of a feeding Whooper Swan.

 

A male Common Redpoll, a winter visitor to Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Common Redpoll on snow.

 

A Fieldfare, a winter visitor to Cheshire, England.

Throwback Thursday: Fieldfare

 

A Snowy Owl, a winter visitor to southern Ontario, Canada.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors

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Throwback Thursday

Winter Visitor

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

Each winter two species of Thrush visit the U.K. Fieldfare and Redwing arrive in the U.K. from northern Europe. Often traveling in flocks the first sighting each autumn is seen by some people as a sign that winter is on its way.

This is a Fieldfare and this individual had found a good food supply. It’s taken up residence in an abandoned orchard where there are lots of windfall apples in the grass.

Throwback Thursday: Fieldfare

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Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear

A selection of birds photographed from the rear. My contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear.

A resting male Common Pochard from the rear. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

A male Purple Finch from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

A sunbathing Dunnock from the rear. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

A young Pine Siskin from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Juvenile Pine Siskin.

A Fieldfare from the rear. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.

Wintering Fieldfare in an orchard.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird from the rear. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird surveying his territory.

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Wintering Fieldfare.

A follow-up of sorts to a recent Throwback Thursday post of a Redwing eating a Holly berry.

The Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) is another member of the Thrush family and related to the Redwing. As with the Redwing they arrive in Britain in the autumn to spend the winter having bred in northern Europe and Asia.

Taken in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. This bird had taken up residence in an orchard, feeding on windfall apples in the snow.

Wintering Fieldfare in an orchard.