Month of Squares Photo Challenges

January Squares: Caspian Tern in Flight

This is my day 17 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and the last day in my sequence of Flight squares.

A Caspian Tern with a fish on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

January Squares: Caspian Tern in Flight

Month of Squares

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue

My last contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge. Thank you Becky for a fun month of blue squares.

Day 31 and the last day of the challenge so I thought something flying off into the sunset was appropriate. So here’s a bird flying towards me shortly after sunrise and the blue is water rather than sky.

An Osprey carries a recently caught White Sucker over Lake Huron. Taken from Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.


One Word Sunday


A Flying fish for One Word Sunday.

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. There’s more details on the bird and fish here.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

Cosmic Photo Challenge


Except that in the end it wasn’t food in the way I was expecting it to be.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Food.

I had a dozen ideas for the challenge, none of which I was particularly happy with. I then remembered this incident and decided to tell a bit of a story.

The first photo shows a Herring Gull standing over a fish covered in sand on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. After a while the Herring Gull lost interest in the fish and left it lying on the sand. It was still lying there when I packed the camera away and headed home. But that is the end of the story.

American Herring Gull guarding a fish.

The story begins when an Osprey patrolling the Lake Huron shallows dives in and catches a fish. This is witnessed by various Herring Gulls who then start harassing the Osprey trying to get it to drop the fish. In this photo an immature Herring Gull is coming in from the side of the Osprey in an attempt to steal the fish.

Herring Gull harassing an Osprey.

Eventually the Osprey is forced to drop the fish. It lands on the shoreline where an adult Herring Gull claims the fish to pick at it briefly before losing interest.

American Herring Gull with a fish.

Wordless Wednesday

Caspian Tern/fish

Caspian Tern with catch.