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

 

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

 

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.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display.

I decided to take a sideways look at the challenge and go with a selection of birds on display to attract a mate or displaying to a potential mate.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A displaying male Yellow-headedBlackbird.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

 

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female. The bubbles in the water in front of the male are from him forcing the air out of his chest feathers by striking his chest with his bill which is part of the courtship display.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

 

A displaying male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.