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Ugly

A nature photographers dirty mobile hide (blind) 35 years ago.

My contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Ugly.

CFFC: Anything to do with cars and trucks
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Greylag Goose

My Saturday Bird this week is a portrait of a Greylag Goose (Anser anser).

This individual was photographed in the mid 1980s when most of the Greylag Geese in the U.K. were feral birds associating with Canada Geese and other wildfowl species. Recent population numbers for the species across Europe show a dramatic increase, possibly due to climate change affecting their migration patterns.

The bird is at “The Mere” on the edge of the town of Ellesmere in Shropshire, England in winter.

Saturday Bird: Greylag Goose
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Snow Bunting

My Saturday Bird is continuing my recent theme of birds in winter. This week’s species is the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).

It is an arctic species with a circumpolar arctic breeding range. The species heads south in the autumn to winter in northern temperate zones. Interestingly they migrate at night using the earth’s geomagnetic field to navigate.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The birds plumage is partially camouflaged against the partially snow covered wheat stubble. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a bitterly cold morning. It was -35°C if I recall correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Bunting
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Common Redpoll

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea). It is also known as the Mealy Redpoll.

This bird is a male due to the reddish tinge on the breast. The amount and brightness of the red on the breast can vary enormously. Photographed from a portable hide (blind) while it searched for wind blown seeds on a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Common Redpoll
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Throwback Thursday

Autumn Mist and Winter Snow

Throwback Thursday travels back to southern Cheshire, England in the the mid 1980s.

A group of trees shrouded in mist at sunrise with shaded snow covered farmland in the foreground.

Throwback Thursday: 24th December 2020
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CFFC

Catching People Unaware

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Catching People Unaware prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of my photo of the track invasion at the end of the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race. I edited all the digital copies of the slides recently which is probably why it came to mind.

Tuesday Photo Challeng - Number

Being ignored by Team Bike and the French race officials during a dawn pit stop.

CFFC: Catching People Unaware

Being ignored by thousands of fans as they invade the start/finish straight at the end of the race.

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Hidden Coyote

The subject of my Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Coyote (Canis latrans). A species of canine native to North America.

It is widespread and abundant and is moving into urban areas in eastern Canada and the U.S.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. I like the way the colour of the Coyote blends in with the surrounding grass.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening