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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

I had a few ideas for the A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting but none of them really worked for me until I started thinking about some of the “grab shots” I remember taking over the years.

I remembered sitting in a garden shed I was using as a hide (blind) waiting for the resident European Robin to land on the telephoto lens I had set up. While waiting for the bird I noticed a pair of House Sparrows mating in the hedge. I swung the lens around and managed to get three photos before it was all over.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

House Sparrows mating in a garden hedge.

 

Some time later one of the shots of the mating House Sparrows was published in BBC Wildlife magazine. None of the photos of the European Robin on the lens have been published but I have been using a version as my avatar for years.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

The European Robin on a telephoto lens in a Cheshire garden.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet.

My first thought on reading the prompt was birds bathing. I have quite a variety in my archives but I decided that was to easy. So here’s a mix of wet things.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A swimming Muskrat near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

An immature House Sparrow bathing in a bird bath in Hatherton, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on grass photographed from a portable canvas hide (blind) while photographing European Rabbits at Brown Moss, Shropshire.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot bathing on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on a Rose leaf in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees.

I decided to keep it simple and go with the prompt by using a small selection of photos taken in various gardens around the town of Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

Birds. A pair of House Sparrows making more House Sparrows in a Cheshire garden.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

Bird and Bee. Not really but as close as I could get. The insect in the bill of this male Common Kingfisher appears to have an ovipositor so could be a sawfly or solitary wasp.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

Bees. Well, a singular Honey Bee gathering pollen in a Cheshire garden.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Having spent a lot of my spare time digitising my slide archives over the winter the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside was rather well timed.

I now have digital copies of most of the nestbox interiors documenting the nesting cycle of various hole nesting species. So here’s the inside of three different nestboxes and three different species using them.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young. The adult has an unidentified insect in its bill.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

A male House Sparrow feeding young.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Occasionally the adults will take a break from the constant feeding to feed themselves and do some feather maintenance. As a result, all the young are hungry when feeding resumes.

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Action

When I read the prompt for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Action I had all sorts of ideas for a post.

It took me some time to narrow down the ideas to either different species doing the same activity or to concentrate on one species.

In the end I decided to go with one species engaging in various activities. I picked the humble House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) because it’s one of my most published species and I have lots of photos of them engaged in various activities.

 

Mating House Sparrows.

Mating.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

Bathing.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

Nesting.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

Drinking.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

Dust bathing.

 

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Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

As is sometimes the case, I took a sideways look at the challenge and thought about bathrooms and outhouses in the natural world.

To a bird, any water is a bathroom, here a male House Sparrow is bathing in a garden pond in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Bathing is an important part of feather maintenance.

Monochrome House Sparrow bathing.

An adult Great Tit removing a fecal sac from a youngster in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. The young produce fecal sacs to allow the adults to remove the droppings and keep the nest clean.

Great Tit removing fecal sac.

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Throwback Thursday

Mating House Sparrows.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

I was photographing garden birds using a shed as a hide. I had buried an offcut of butyl rubber pond liner in the ground to create a natural looking puddle so the birds could drink and bath in the water.

I spotted this pair of House Sparrows mating in the hedge and swung the camera around to get shots of the behaviour. The photo was published in BBC Wildlife magazine some time later.

Mating House Sparrows.