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.
A Common Coot standing on it.
A Canada Goose doing Tai Chi on it.
A juvenile Grey Heron on it. The bird is watching something closely.
Some winter plumage Black-headed Gulls on and around it.
Throwback Thursday travels back 14 years. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario for the sunrise. I don’t remember what the sunrise was like but I did find a small group of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. Having hatched a few months previously they were heading south for the first time.
I spent some time with them, after a while they were comfortable enough to feed, bathe, preen and sleep in front of me.
This individual is feeding amongst the rocks on the shoreline.
A juvenile Purple Finch in the yard.
At the moment most of the adult birds are looking scruffy after the breeding season while the juveniles are looking quite smart.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.
This is a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation. A normal Great Spotted Woodpecker is mostly black and white with red patches. The feathers that would normally be black are pale brown on this bird. The red cap shows that the bird is a juvenile.
My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.
Lake Huron shoreline, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
My contribution to Six Word Saturday.
How do some bird species sense food in mud or sand underwater. A juvenile Red Knot feeding on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird had stopped off on its way south for the winter.
My contribution to One Word Sunday: Sense.