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Rest

One Word Sunday: Rest

A windblown Great Blue Heron resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario shortly after sunrise.

I spent over an hour with the bird, slowly working my way closer. After a while it was pretty much ignoring me and was still there when I headed home for some breakfast.

This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Rest prompt.

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Great Blue Heron

Flora and Fauna Friday: Great Blue Heron

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) found across much of North and Central America in suitable habitat.

This windblown individual was photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in summer shortly after sunrise.

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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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Weekly Topics

Horned Grebe

My Saturday Bird this week is the Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus).

Known as the Slavonian Grebe in Europe it is a small member of the Grebe family. The global population has declined by 30% over the past 30 years while the North American population is down 79% and it is now considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

This individual was photographed on a cattle watering hole in Saskatchewan, Canada in spring. The reflections on the water are a mixture of corral fence and stacked straw bales.

CMMC: Silver or Gold
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Month of Squares

January Squares: Up #27

Up on top of a rock.

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Four Sanderling Up on top of a rock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario during autumn migration.

Four young Sanderling
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Month of Squares

July Squares: Whooper Swan on Blue

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

A feeding Whooper Swan surrounded by blue water.

July Squares: Whooper Swan on Blue.

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Month of Squares

July Squares: Grumpy Great Blue Heron

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

A double blue with a grumpy looking windblown Great Blue Heron in front of blue water on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Grumpy Great Blue Heron.