I thought that the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue was going to be quite a hard challenge.
Until I thought of one photo that covered three out of the four, Old, New and Blue. All I needed was Borrowed and in the end the photo I picked for Borrowed also covered Blue and tied in with the first.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig in the winter. Taken with a Borrowed 800mm lens and Nikon camera when I was toying with the idea of swapping my 600mm lens for an 800mm.
Old and New Eurasian Blue Tits in a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Timing is Everything.
I thought about comic timing.
A Great Crested Grebe exaggerating about the size of the fish it had caught.
“I’m telling you, it was this big.”
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display.
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying to attract a female near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Old commercial vehicle display, Queens Park, Crewe, Cheshire, England.
A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in the spring, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
Canada Day firework display, Wiarton, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 1 Item or the Number One.
One shot immediately came to mind and I decided not to over think the challenge and to go with that photo.
A solitary Great Crested Grebe in a Black-headed Gull roost.
A Common Swift in flight.
The Common Swift is one of the most aerial birds spending most of their lives in the air. Some individuals go for 10 months without landing. They feed, drink and sleep on the wing.
One Word Sunday – Aerial.
The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Wings.
I thought about swarms of insects but decided that while you can see the insects you can’t see their wings while they’re flying in the swarm.
Then I thought about some of the photos from when I was a member of a small group of birders surveying and recording a winter roost of Gull species on an inland reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
A photo of Black-headed Gulls in winter roosting on Hurleston Reservoir at night. If something disturbs the birds on an edge of the roost they will fly to another side of the roost which is what they’re doing in the photo.