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Weekly Photo Challenge

WWE #35: Great Crested Grebes

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #35 Photo Challenge and a continuation of my Grebe species theme for the challenge.

This is a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing part of their long and quite complex courtship display on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

 

Throwback Thursday: 19th March 2020

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Covid Discoveries

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Covid Discoveries.

With a lot of people being stuck at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic it’s an opportunity to discover overlooked or long forgotten things.

This post is a bit of a cheat as part of it involves me digitising my film archives which I started before the lockdown and social distancing. However, I have discovered a few things in my film archives as the social isolation has allowed me to continue digitising film originals.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

I discovered that this favourite photo of the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames from the South Bank was taken in the very early 1980s when I was one of the field testers of Ilford XP1 prior to its release.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 15th April 2020

I picked up a handful of Pine cones on a walk around the neighborhood and have rediscovered table top photography.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

I discovered this slide of a gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich at sunset. Taken at least 23 years ago, it sat overlooked in my slide archives until recently and is now a favourite photo.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

I rediscovered simple lighting and reflectors when doing tabletop photography. A partially drunk cup of coffee with a small diffused light and a gold reflector.

 

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One Word Sunday

Division

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday challenge Division.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

 

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Monthly Squares

April Squares: Resting on Top of the Ice

This is my contribution to day four of Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

A group of Mallard patiently waiting for the ice to melt on a frozen reservoir in south Cheshire.

April Squares: On Top of the Ice

 

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Throwback Thursday

A Pair of Mallard

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s and a pair of Mallard hanging out on the remains of a tree in Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich.

Another overlooked photo from my slide archives. I find the light rather strange in this photo. The birds and tree stump appear to be front lit while the reflections on the water make me think it’s backlit. I’ve come to the conclusion that the scene is front lit and it’s the angles of the ripples in the water making their reflections appear to be backlit.

Throwback Thursday: 26th March 2020

 

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Throwback Thursday

Great Crested Grebe courtship display

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the early 1990s and is continuing my recent theme of spring arriving. I suspect that it was picking this photo for Throwback Thursday that reminded me of the Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings that caused me to change the theme of my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.

This is a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing part of their courtship display. There are several stages to their courtship display, this is the head shakes stage where the birds turn their heads alternately to the left and right.

Throwback Thursday: 19th March 2020

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.

When I read the prompt I thought of wide angle landscapes that take in a spread of view wider than the human eye can see without moving. I had actually started editing photos for the post before thinking of birds with spread wings.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Spreading its wings. A Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England and the photo I thought of that caused me to rewrite this post.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Two pairs of spread wings. Two American White Pelicans gliding between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Black-capped Chickadee for Six Word Saturday.

Wings spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Tail spread, trying to impress a female in the spring. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.