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Great Crested Grebe

My Saturday Bird this week is the Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, the Horned Grebe.

A widely distributed species found across Europe and the Palearctic as well as parts of Africa and Australia. Known for their elaborate courtship display. These birds are performing the head waving part of the display.

Throwback Thursday: 19th March 2020
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

At the End of the Day

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day prompt.

I quickly ended up with a shortlist of dozens of photos. So I decided to go with the most recent and a small selection of favourites from previous decades.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day

Intentional camera movement of trees at the end of the day last Saturday evening.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Playing with Light

A giant sun pillar behind Chantry Island on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario. At the end of the day in winter.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire at the end of the day.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland at the end of the day.

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Lens-Artists

Taking Flight

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Tina gives us the prompt Taking Flight.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

An Osprey taking flight from the surface of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada having just dived into the lake to catch a White Sucker.

One Word Sunday: Spectacle

Snow Geese taking flight from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada during autumn migration.

CMMC: Words that contain Ch or Ck

A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

A winter gull roost taking flight as the birds move to a different section of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

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CBWC

Monochrome Flight

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies prompt.

CBWC: Anything in Flight
An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds
Gulls over Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds
Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
CBWC: Anything in Flight
An impression of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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Weekly Prompts

Waiting

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Waiting.

April Squares: On Top of the Ice
Waiting for the ice to melt.
One Word Sunday: Homophone
Waiting for the paint to dry.
One Word Sunday: Company
Waiting for the eggs to hatch.
Wordless Wednesday: 18th November 2020
Waiting for the rain to start.
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CBWC

In the Water and On the Water

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.

CBWC: In or On Water
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One Word Sunday

Gaggle

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.

One Word Sunday: Gaggle