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Saturday Bird

White-crowned Sparrows

My Saturday Bird this week is the White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys), one of the sparrow species native to North America.

The photo shows an adult in the foreground with an immature bird behind. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario where they are a passage migrant seen in the spring and autumn.

These birds were on autumn migration, having bred in northern Canada they are on their way to the southern U.S. for the winter. The young bird was hatched from an egg in the summer and is on its first migration.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet.

My first thought on reading the prompt was birds bathing. I have quite a variety in my archives but I decided that was to easy. So here’s a mix of wet things.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A swimming Muskrat near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

An immature House Sparrow bathing in a bird bath in Hatherton, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on grass photographed from a portable canvas hide (blind) while photographing European Rabbits at Brown Moss, Shropshire.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot bathing on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on a Rose leaf in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

WWE #24: Ripples and Reflections

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #24.

This is a photo about the ripples and reflections on the water, the immature Double-crested Cormorant is just there to provide a sense of scale. Photographed on the Saugeen River, Bruce County, Ontario.

Water Water Everywhere #24: Ripples and Reflections

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Travel

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

As it’s spring and we are seeing a few summer migrants on their way north for the summer my idea for this challenge was bird migration. I have a few species in my files that make very impressive migrations.

So I thought a small selection of birds that are part way through their long distance migrations.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

This is an adult White-crowned Sparrow with an immature White-crowned Sparrow in the background. These birds are on autumn migration and were photographed in my yard. The immature bird would have hatched from an egg in northern Canada in the summer. Some White-crowned Sparrows breed as far north as the edge of the tree line in Arctic Canada and some will winter as far south as central Mexico.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Travel

This is a female Northern Wheatear on autumn migration. Photographed on the bank of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. This bird will have spent the summer in either Greenland or Arctic Canada. It has crossed the Atlantic Ocean either by flying directly to Britain or by travelling via Iceland. After resting and feeding on the reservoir bank for a while it will continue its migration to spend the winter in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

One Word Sunday: Knot

This is a juvenile Red Knot on autumn migration. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at sunrise. This bird will have hatched from an egg in the Canadian Arctic in the summer. After feeding and resting it will continue to head south to spend the winter on the southern tip of South America. That’s 15,000 kilometers or 9,000 miles. One bird, banded (ringed) in South America in 1995 was recorded in the Canadian Arctic in 2014 by which time its total flight distance exceeded the distance to the moon. There’s more information on B95, nicknamed Moonbird here.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

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

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Odd Couples

A contribution to throw Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. Having started selecting photos featuring two different species I changed my mind and went for photos of two individuals of the same species.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

Big and small Large White Butterfly caterpillars feeding on Nasturtium leaves in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

One Herring Gull complains about something while being ignored by the second bird. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

Adult and immature White-crowned Sparrows on the South Bruce Peninsula during autumn migration. The adult will have made the long distance migration before but it’s the first time for the immature bird which hatched from an egg on the tundra of arctic Canada in the summer.

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest got me thinking about a dilemma I sometimes have as a photographer.

If a species can settle down and rest in front of you it means it’s relaxed and therefore you’re not stressing it. At the same time, editors often want photos of species doing something, a behavioral shot. It makes for a more interesting image than a species simply sitting there. So while I want the subject to relax in front of me I would like it to do something interesting.

A male Common Pochard resting. It was really the ripples on the water that caught my eye.

Common Pochard napping.

 

A Bewick’s Swan sleeping.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

 

A European Rabbit resting.

Rabbit.

 

An immature Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada having stopped off on its way south for the winter.

having a nap