On Autumn Migration

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.

On Autumn Migration

Leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

Fish.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Apple.

Female Common Blackbird.

 

Poppy seeds.

Eating Poppy seeds.

 

Bugs.

July Squares: Mountain Bluebird.

 

Fish, again.

American White Pelican with fish.

 

Caterpillar.

Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.

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