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Weekly Photo Challenge

WWE #31: Windblown Heron

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31 Photo Challenge.

I started photographing this windblown Great Blue Heron soon after sunrise. This is one of the earlier photos before I started moving slowly closer to the bird. I spent an hour or so moving closer one step at a time.

I was watching the body language of the heron and would stop and turn away from the it if it started fidgeting. Eventually I was close enough to fill the frame with the bird but I rather like the solitude of the heron in the frame in this early photo.

 

WWE #31: Windblown Heron

A windblown Great Blue Heron on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

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Monthly Squares

January Squares: It’s Certainly Not Delight

A bit of a light hearted contribution for day 25 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

Shortly after taking photos of this windblown Great Blue Heron on the Lake Huron shoreline I nicknamed it Grumpy Heron. Its certainly not delighted about having its photo taken.

July Squares: Grumpy Great Blue Heron.

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shoes, Boots, Slippers

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shoes, Boots, Slippers.

“With toes like that you need a nice pair of slippers.”

Having a good scratch.

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Monthly 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.

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One Word Sunday

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.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

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.

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A Photo a Week Challenge Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

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