Feeding upside down.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Upside Down.

I was considering a variety of subjects and photos. Then I  thought about the Nuthatch family of birds. They will walk down a tree trunk or branch head first just as easily as walking up one.

That got me thinking about the suet feeders we have. They’re upside down to discourage Blue Jays and Grackles while allowing Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Chickadees to use them.

So a male Hairy Woodpecker feeding upside down.

Feeding upside down.

Male Common Kingfisher.

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.

Male Eurasian Kingfisher.

 

Week 29. A bird in the rain.

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.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.