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Monthly Squares

Four Of A Kind

Four young Sanderling on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise during their autumn migration.

This is my day 4 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

Four young Sanderling
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Saturday Bird

Juvenile Red Knot

My Saturday Bird this week is a juvenile Red Knot (Calidris canutus) resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

This individual hatched from an egg in the summer and is now heading south for the winter. It has stopped on the shoreline to feed and rest having already flown from northern Canada. It could travel as far as the southern tip of South America for the winter.

Saturday Bird: Juvenile Red Knot
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Saturday Bird

Juvenile Sanderling

My Saturday Bird this week is a juvenile Sanderling on autumn migration.

Photographed early morning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Juvenile Sanderling on autumn migration
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Distance

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Distance.

On reading the prompt I thought of the distances some bird species cover on migration.

That made me think of the Red Knot, one individual ringed in Argentina breeds in the Canadian arctic. It’s officially known as B95, the identification on the orange ring on its leg. It’s nicknamed Moonbird having flown more than the distance to the moon on its migrations.

This is a juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline on autumn migration. It hatched from an egg in the summer and has already travelled from the Canadian arctic and could travel as far as South America on its first migration.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Symmetrical

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Symmetrical.

A small selection of almost symmetrical photos.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

The entrance to St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Surprisingly symmetrical given that construction was interrupted for 20 years due to the Black Death.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Two American White Pelicans gliding in symmetrical formation, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

Symmetrical drinking glass detail apart from the colour of the lights used, blue daylight and yellow artificial light.

 

One Word Sunday: Symmetry

Almost symmetrical wing markings on a Magpie Moth. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside

Almost symmetrical juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.

 

Silent Sunday: 22nd March 2020

Sort of symmetrical bare trees photographed on a walk around the neighborhood, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

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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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One Word Sunday

Knot

On reading the prompt for One Word Sunday: Knot it was ìnevitable that I would go with a photo or two of Red Knot I photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton early one autumn morning.

 

One Word Sunday: Knot

One of the juvenile Red Knot in golden light on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I had gone down to the shoreline for the sunrise but spent the time photographing the Red Knot instead.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

After feeding, bathing and preening while I took photos this one settled down for a nap. At which point I headed home to get some breakfast.