Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

My first thought was of the Rolling Stones song before seeing the Mick Jagger graphic on the challenge page. Somehow I ended up thinking about some of the photos from last year that I submitted for consideration in 2019 calendars.

I submitted the three photos below to a calendar publishing company I hadn’t dealt with before. They were looking for images for a wildlife calendar.

In the end they had so many submissions that they decided to publish a birds calendar as well as the wildlife calendar. All three of my shots made it into the calendars.

To make the 100% success rate all the more satisfying, the shots were taken with a decade old DSLR and a manual focus telephoto lens I purchased used in the mid 1990s.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

In the rain.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.

 

A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaches the feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

July Squares: Kingfisher Blue.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

This is a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher. The colour has been described as blue-green upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump. I have noticed that the blue colours changes depending on quality and direction of the light falling on the bird.

Interestingly enough, the feathers aren’t blue, they contain no pigments. The colour is produced by the fine surfaces of the feathers interfering with the wavelengths of light. That is presumably why the colours can change depending on the light.

Also known as a Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher.

 

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

As is sometimes the case, I took a sideways look at the challenge and thought about bathrooms and outhouses in the natural world.

To a bird, any water is a bathroom, here a male House Sparrow is bathing in a garden pond in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Bathing is an important part of feather maintenance.

Monochrome House Sparrow bathing.

An adult Great Tit removing a fecal sac from a youngster in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. The young produce fecal sacs to allow the adults to remove the droppings and keep the nest clean.

Great Tit removing fecal sac.