CFFC: Spring Scenes

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel in the spring.

 

A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.

A male Common Merganser amongst ice on Lake Huron

A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play

This is my rather late contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play. I only discovered the prompt days after it was posted.

A male Common Blackbird playing hide and seek with the photographer in Cheshire, England.

A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play

 

A male American Goldfinch playing hide and seek with the photographer in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View.

It was the photo of a Woodpecker looking out of its nest hole in Amy’s prompt for the challenge that gave me the idea for this post. It made me think of the various species of birds I have photographed looking out of their nest holes. Then I started considering the reverse, me looking out of openings when I was photographing various species.

A house window. Actually a bedroom window of my parents house in Cheshire, England. An upstairs window got me closer to eye with this Redwing eating a Holly berry.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.

 

A vehicle window. Friend’s had this Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. I parked by the side of their garage and photographed it out of the drivers door window.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View

 

An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.

 

An opening in a fabric portable hide (blind). A male Common Redpoll feeding on seeds blown onto a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Throwback Thursday: 9th January 2020

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots.

I ran through a list of locations in my head and one location quickly made it to the top of the list. Last Mountain Lake, also known as Long Lake is a prairie lake in south central Saskatchewan, Canada. The northern end of the lake is a National Wildlife Area which includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

I thought I would put a post together covering a 12 month period.

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird displays to attract a female in the spring.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

An American White Pelican in the summer. The keel on the bill means it’s a breeding adult.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight in the autumn. The lake is a stopover location for the species on their way south for the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019.

I considered a few themes for the challenge but in the end decided to just go with a selection of my favourites for the year.

A January thaw saw this Ivy appear as the snow melted.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019

 

Late March and Colpoy’s Bay is still frozen.

Ice at sunrise.

 

Early June and a male Purple Finch in the yard.

Purple Finch in the yard.

 

Mid July and an Orange Day-Lily photographed with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Orange Day-Lily with a swirly background.

 

Early September saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline 45 minutes before sunrise so I could do some long exposures. This is a 60 second exposure to allow the clouds to move across the sky.

Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.

 

The end of October saw the autumn colour mostly coming to the end while a few trees held on to their leaves.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Open Topic

 

Mid November saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise where breaking waves had splashed over a bush to form this ice sculpture.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

 

In December Santa Claus brings up the rear of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors

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.

Portrait of a feeding Whooper Swan.

 

A male Common Redpoll, a winter visitor to Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Common Redpoll on snow.

 

A Fieldfare, a winter visitor to Cheshire, England.

Throwback Thursday: Fieldfare

 

A Snowy Owl, a winter visitor to southern Ontario, Canada.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors