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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
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Weekly Topics

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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Hawthorn berries

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.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Hawthorn fruit
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Black-headed Gulls

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.

Saturday Bird: Black-headed Gulls