Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.

When I read the prompt I thought of wide angle landscapes that take in a spread of view wider than the human eye can see without moving. I had actually started editing photos for the post before thinking of birds with spread wings.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Spreading its wings. A Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England and the photo I thought of that caused me to rewrite this post.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Two pairs of spread wings. Two American White Pelicans gliding between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Black-capped Chickadee for Six Word Saturday.

Wings spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Tail spread, trying to impress a female in the spring. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Sometimes it’s just about the Water

It’s not always about the bird, sometimes the bird is just there to provide a focal point or a sense of scale to the ripples and reflections on the water.

A contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #14 Photo Challenge.


Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge

A male Common Pochard rests amongst some interesting ripples and reflections on the water.

Friendly Friday: Simple Joys

When considering the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys prompt I remembered going down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and the joy of being entertained by a Belted Kingfisher pretending to be a Barn Swallow by sitting on a power line along the road.

That made me wonder what the sunrise had been like and what else I had photographed that day. That then got me thinking about coming home from another sunrise and spotting two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field in nice early morning light.

That was on the 4th August 2018 so here’s a selection of simple joys from that day.


Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

The simple joy of a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline to myself for a 50 second exposure at dawn.


Fog and low cloud.

The simple joy of a black and white photo of the mist and low cloud over the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.


Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

The simple joy of spotting these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field coming home from the sunrise.


Male American Goldfinch.

The simple joy of setting up a camera in the yard to photograph this male American Goldfinch in its smart summer plumage.


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest got me thinking about a dilemma I sometimes have as a photographer.

If a species can settle down and rest in front of you it means it’s relaxed and therefore you’re not stressing it. At the same time, editors often want photos of species doing something, a behavioral shot. It makes for a more interesting image than a species simply sitting there. So while I want the subject to relax in front of me I would like it to do something interesting.

A male Common Pochard resting. It was really the ripples on the water that caught my eye.

Common Pochard napping.


A Bewick’s Swan sleeping.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest


A European Rabbit resting.



An immature Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada having stopped off on its way south for the winter.

having a nap