A selection of winter visitors for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors.
These bird species move from their breeding grounds to spend the winter in different locations.
A feeding Whooper Swan, a winter visitor to the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.
A male Common Redpoll, a winter visitor to Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Fieldfare, a winter visitor to Cheshire, England.
A Snowy Owl, a winter visitor to southern Ontario, Canada.
My contribution to day 23 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.
A male Mallard silhouetted against lines of ripples at sunset.
A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.
A feeding Whooper Swan surrounded by blue water.
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.
A napping Bewick’s Swan at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.
A male Common Pochard resting on Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England in the early 1990s.
I had planned on being at this location for sunset after working out roughly where the sun would set earlier in the day. I had been in the same hide (blind) earlier in the day when the sun was behind it taking shots of the various species feeding. I may have even photographed this particular bird.
A Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) at sunset.
One from the archives taken in Lancashire, England in the mid 1990s.
I was at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Martin Mere reserve. There was a few Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) close to one of the hides in the morning. With the nice light on the birds I spent some time shooting as wide a variety of images as possible.
I like the way the light is catching the drops of water on the birds head and neck as it feeds.