Fashion.

The new One Word Sunday challenge is Fashion. My initial idea was a photo of a bird species preening. However, birds preen to maintain their feathers, not to make themselves look smart so you can’t really say it’s a fashion statement.

But the idea of birds feathers made me think of the trade in birds feathers for the fashion industry. At the end of the 19th Century colonies of Egrets, Herons and other species were being slaughtered to supply the fashion industry with feathers. Frequently the adult birds were killed in the breeding season leaving the young to starve or be eaten by predators.

An adult Great Blue Heron with its feathers blowing in the wind. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Great Blue Heron with its plumes blowing in the wind.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

A story of a Great Blue Heron on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline, Ontario, Canada. All the photos are of the same bird taken over about 40 minutes although I did shuffle the order they were taken in to fit the challenge.

Eat. The Great Blue Heron has just caught and swallowed a small fish.

Swallowing a small fish.

Drink. Actually the bird is striking after a fish but they probably swallow water sometimes.

Striking after a fish.

Be Merry. Amusement about the Closed To Fishing sign.

No Fishing Sign.

Smiles, grins, laughs.

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles and the A Photo a Week Challenge: Smile.

I know that I’m not supposed to anthropomorphize wildlife but I thought this could be a light hearted post with a bit of anthropomorphizing.

An American Red Squirrel with a hint of a smile. Ontario, Canada.

Eyeing up the photographer.

A relaxed Dunnock grinning while sunbathing. Cheshire, England.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

A wet Racoon grins as it surveys the bird feeders, Ontario, Canada.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

A Common Frog grins in a garden pond, Cheshire, England.

Eye of the frog.

A portrait of a Mourning Dove that gives the impression of smiling. Ontario, Canada.

Portrait of a Mourning Dove.

A hidden Great Blue Heron laughing at a No Fishing Sign, Ontario, Canada.

No Fishing Sign.

A Pine Siskin that appears to be laughing. Ontario, Canada.

A spring Pine Siskin

 

Give us a Smile Grumpy Heron.

My contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge Give us a Smile.

I remember spending some time photographing this Great Blue Heron on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The wind was blowing causing the bird to have a bad feather day. I don’t know if that was why the bird appears to be grumpy but I’ve always thought of the bird as Grumpy Heron.

Grumpy Heron.

Spot the Great Blue Heron.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Signs.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some photos of a Great Blue Heron fishing behind a no fishing sign.

In some shots I focused on the bird, others I focused on the sign. For this challenge I picked a shot where the sign was in focus and the Heron appears to be laughing at the sign.

No Fishing Sign.