Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the bird species that I have photographed when they’re deceiving the photographer by appearing to be resting or napping. They’re usually keeping at least a partially open eye on the photographer.

A Horned Grebe napping on a farm pond near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.


A napping Bewick’s Swan at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.

Bewick's Swan napping.


A male Common Pochard resting on Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.


A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

having a nap

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

My first thought was of the Rolling Stones song before seeing the Mick Jagger graphic on the challenge page. Somehow I ended up thinking about some of the photos from last year that I submitted for consideration in 2019 calendars.

I submitted the three photos below to a calendar publishing company I hadn’t dealt with before. They were looking for images for a wildlife calendar.

In the end they had so many submissions that they decided to publish a birds calendar as well as the wildlife calendar. All three of my shots made it into the calendars.

To make the 100% success rate all the more satisfying, the shots were taken with a decade old DSLR and a manual focus telephoto lens I purchased used in the mid 1990s.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

In the rain.


An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.


A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaches the feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicate.

My contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Delicate.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with a variety of images that I would describe as delicate in some way.  Two of the shots are from the 52 week photo project that I did last year while another dates back to 1987.

A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

The ghost of a Maple leaf on snow.

ghost Maple leaf.

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding recently hatched young.

Feeding the young.

Detail of some Foxtail Barley seed heads.

Foxtail Barley seed heads.

Dandelion seed head.

Dandelion seed head.

Remains of a seed head in winter.

Simply a seed head.

Squares and Circles.

My contribution to the Squares and Circles A Photo a Week Challenge.

I was having some trouble with the squares part of challenge until I thought about some of the bird feeders made out of square mesh. Then I remembered the circular Oriole feeder we got last year.

A leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on a square suet feeder made of square mesh. Leucistic means that the bird lacks dark pigmentation, what should be black is light brown on this bird. The shot was published in a magazinea decade or so ago.

Leucistic Woodpecker on a suet feeder.

A male Eurasian Siskin eating peanuts out of a circular, square mesh feeder. This shot was published in a magazine a couple of decades ago.

Eurasian Siskin on peanuts.

A male Baltimore Oriole feeding on grape jelly out of a circular bowl in a circular feeder.

A Baltimore Oriole on an Oriole feeder.

A male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating grape jelly out of a circular Oriole feeder.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.