This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies prompt.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Waiting.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: In or On Water prompt.
I started out considering all the bird species I have photographed on water before thinking of photos of rocks and boulders in water.
Then I remembered the tree stump that appeared at Hurleston Reservoir when the water level dropped and I realised that I could go with in and on water with a single photo.
Winter plumage Black-headed Gulls swimming around and standing on a tree stump in Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Giggle or Gaggle.
The first thing I did was Google the definition of gaggle to see if there was a number range that constitutes a gaggle. All I found was a gaggle is three or more geese on land or water. Three or more geese flying are a skein.
A gaggle of Canada Geese on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the autumn.
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.
This week the subject of Flora and Fauna Friday is Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries although technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. The fruit is also know as a haw.
The Common Hawthorn is native to Europe, northwest Africa and West Asia. These examples were photographed at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
My Saturday Bird this week is the Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), a small gull that breeds in much of the Palearctic.
The birds in the photo are winter plumage adults who lost their dark head feathers in the autumn. They’re standing in a shallow section of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England, a lot of them are preening.
In the 1990s Hurleston Reservoir was the location of a large winter gull roost that included thousands of Black-headed Gulls.