Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the early 1990s. Having posted a photo of a North American Belted Kingfisher for Wordless Wednesday I thought I would follow up with another Kingfisher species on a different continent.
This is a male Common Kingfisher that is found across parts of Eurasia and North Africa. Other common English names are Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher. The background is an out of focus hay meadow. I had a portable hide (blind) set up next to a pond in the meadow.
Sunday of week 29 started off dry until I set the camera up in the yard. Within 10 minutes it was spotting with rain and 15 minutes after that it was raining. It’s still raining as I write this post, I don’t think it’s stopped since it started.
We really needed the rain, it’s been so dry around here this summer the leaves are coming off the trees.
To the photo, it’s a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario on a wet Sunday afternoon.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Say What You See.
This made me think of some of my Instagram posts where I compared a species common English name to a photo of the species and give it a checkmark when they match.
Rose-breasted ✔ Grosbeak ✔
A male Eurasian Bullfinch feeds on fresh grass seed heads in a hay meadow.
One from the archives, taken in Cheshire, England in the late 1980s. There wasn’t much land being used for hay even in those days but I suspect that there’s much less now.
A male American Goldfinch poses in front of a complimentary background.
Is it just me but wouldn’t Yellow Finch be a more accurate common English name? A bit like Purple Finch would be more accurately called a Raspberry Red Finch.
Taken during week 22 of my 52 week photo project. The bird is in shade with sunlit Cedar trees as a background.