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One Word Sunday

Ugly

A nature photographers dirty mobile hide (blind) 35 years ago.

My contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Ugly.

CFFC: Anything to do with cars and trucks
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Horned Lark

My Saturday Bird this week continues my look back at species photographed in Saskatchewan in winter.

This is the Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris). It is known as the Shore Lark in Europe due to the species being found on coastlines in winter.

This individual was photographed feeding on wheat stubble near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in winter. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a -30°C morning.

Saturday Bird: Horned Lark or Shore Lark
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Photo Challenges

Blue-Green

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Blue-Greens prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the Common Kingfisher found in Europe and parts of Asia.

The birds plumage varies between blue and green depending on the direction and quality of light falling on it. Here is three photos of the same male photographed at different times and in different light.

CMMC: Blue-Green
Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher
CMMC: Blue-Green
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Snow Bunting

My Saturday Bird is continuing my recent theme of birds in winter. This week’s species is the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).

It is an arctic species with a circumpolar arctic breeding range. The species heads south in the autumn to winter in northern temperate zones. Interestingly they migrate at night using the earth’s geomagnetic field to navigate.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The birds plumage is partially camouflaged against the partially snow covered wheat stubble. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a bitterly cold morning. It was -35°C if I recall correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Bunting
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Common Redpoll

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea). It is also known as the Mealy Redpoll.

This bird is a male due to the reddish tinge on the breast. The amount and brightness of the red on the breast can vary enormously. Photographed from a portable hide (blind) while it searched for wind blown seeds on a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Common Redpoll
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Eurasian Blue Tit

This week my Saturday Bird is the Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), a small member of the tit family.

When this photo was taken the species common English name was simply Blue Tit. Since then scientists have been DNA testing various species. As a result the bird has been split into two different species, the African Blue Tit being the other species.

The DNA testing also resulted in the two species being moved to a different family which means that the scientific name has also been changed since I captioned all my photos.

Saturday Bird: Eurasian Blue Tit
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Common Pheasant

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Known simply as a Pheasant to a lot of people in Europe it is known as the Ring-necked Pheasant in North America.

A species native to Asia and parts of Europe it has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. There are about 30 subspecies that can be partly identified by the presence or absence of a white neck ring on the males.

This male was photographed on the edge of a hoarfrost covered hay meadow in southern Cheshire, England. This individual has a partial white neck ring.

Saturday Bird: Common Pheasant