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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Our Feathered Friends

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Our Feathered Friends prompt.

With 30+ years of bird photos I decided to keep it simple and came up with the theme of size divided between North America and Europe.

 

January Squares: Hummingbird in Flight

A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird, one of the smaller birds found in North America.

 

January Squares: Backlight

Two Sandhill Cranes, one of the larger bird species found in North America.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Our Feathered Friends

A Eurasian Wren, one of the smaller European bird species.

 

Weekly Prompts: Grey

Portrait of a Grey Heron, one of the larger European bird species.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey prompt.

Of course, with a prompt like that you would expect monochrome images so I’m going in a completely different direction, Grey (or Gray) wildlife.

 

Weekly Prompts: Grey

An immature Grey Heron in fog at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England. The original is on Kodachrome.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

A Grey Squirrel eating an acorn in a Cheshire, England garden. A species introduced from North America. They have decimated the population of the native Red Squirrel in the U.K. due to a combination of competition and a virus that the Grey Squirrel carries but is immune to.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

An Eastern Gray Squirrel photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. The same species as the Grey Squirrel in the Cheshire garden but note that the spelling of Gray changed with the change of continents. This individual was eating Saskatoon berries at -30°C in winter.

 

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Sometimes it’s about the pattern on the water

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #15 Photo Challenge and another one of my photos that was taken for the pattern of the ripples on the water.

I probably didn’t need any more photos of an immature Grey Heron on this tree stump in the water at Hurleston Reservoir, southern Cheshire. By the mid 1990s I already had a selection when this shot was taken. I suspect that it was the pattern of the ripples that I was photographing.

 

Water Water Everywhere #15 Photo Challenge

 

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Grey

I had a variety of ideas for a post when I read the Weekly Prompts challenge Grey.

They all revolved around one photo I thought of when I read the prompt so it was a matter of finding a theme to build a post around.

This is the photo that came to mind when I read the prompt. An immature Grey Heron in fog, or Grey in grey as I have thought of the shot since taking it. The fog was so thick it took me a while to focus on the bird. Taken on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England as are the other photos.

Weekly Prompts: Grey

 

The black and white pattern of feathers on the top and back of the birds head mean that this is an adult Grey Heron.

Weekly Prompts: Grey

 

Another immature Grey Heron in some interesting light. This time on the remains of a tree in the reservoir which only became visible when the water level was low.

Weekly Prompts: Grey

 

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Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree.

Having decided to ignore the obvious theme, the Christmas tree, I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before remembering the remains of a tree in a reservoir in south Cheshire.

It only became visible when the water level dropped but when it appeared it was popular with the birds.

A pair of Mallard hanging out on the remains.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree

 

A Common Coot standing on it.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree

 

A Canada Goose doing Tai Chi on it.

A Canada Goose having a stretch.

 

A juvenile Grey Heron on it. The bird is watching something closely.

Is that food?

 

Some winter plumage Black-headed Gulls on and around it.

Winter plumage Black-headed Gulls.

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Throwback Thursday

Grey in grey.

This week’s Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

This is a juvenile Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) photographed at a reservoir in south Cheshire. The water level was low with mud in front of the hide and there was a thick fog blanketing the area. The Grey Heron spent some time wandering around the mud before hunkering down and looking grumpy.

This is a copy of a Kodachrome slide, it hasn’t been desaturated or converted to monochrome although I did bring out the film grain when editing the shot.

Sitting in the fog.

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Throwback Thursday

Is that food?

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s with a photo of a juvenile Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). At this time of year the juveniles are wandering around exploring the area, checking out feeding locations and finding places to roost.

A local Natural History Society had a wooden hide (blind) on Hurleston Reservoir in south Cheshire which is where this shot was taken from. When the water level in the reservoir was low the tree stump would appear. I’ve got quite a few species on the stump.

This juvenile Grey Heron amused me. It appeared to be trying to decide if the isolated part of the stump above the water is edible although it’s probably watching something in the water.

Is that food?