Flora and Fauna Friday

Bull Bison portrait

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is a portrait of a resting bull Bison (Bison bison) photographed on a Bison ranch near Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Also known as the American Bison, American Buffalo or simply Buffalo.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bull Bison portrait
Saturday Bird

Common Kingfisher

My Saturday Bird this week is a male Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

Alternative common English names include Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher although I don’t recall ever seeing one on a river. The species is found across Europe, North Africa and Asia.

This individual was photographed on a small pool next to a canal in southern Cheshire, England in the early 1990s.

Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher
Saturday Bird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

My Saturday Bird this week is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The only Hummingbird species that breeds in eastern North America.

This is a male photographed in mid summer. After courtship and mating the male leaves the female to raise the young. Males start heading south as soon as early August.

I selected this photo to show the worn plumage. The bird will moult its plumage when on its wintering grounds. They spend the winter in Central America, Mexico or Florida. Some birds make a 900 mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico.

Saturday Bird: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
One Word Sunday


I thought of a couple of photos on reading the One Word Sunday prompt Nosy.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Being watched by a Coyote near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the winter.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

Being spied on by a male American Goldfinch near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the summer.


Throwback Thursday

Banded Demoiselle egg laying

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1990s.

This is a female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) egg laying in the inlet of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. There’s a male Banded Demoiselle in the background, possibly the male that mated with the female.

Taken with the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens, not normally an insect lens. I used it because these Demoiselle were several feet from the edge of the inlet. I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverter to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.


Throwback Thursday: Banded Demoselle egg laying



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring.

For the month of July the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge has the theme of seasons. I decided to go with a theme for each season, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo.


April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A displaying male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Ice on Lake Huron at sunset during the spring thaw. Photographed near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.


Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two signs of spring in Cheshire, England, the Orange Tip Butterfly is one of the first butterflies to appear in the spring. This male Orange Tip Butterfly is feeding on Bluebells, another sign of spring.


Saturday Bird

Male Mountain Bluebird

This week’s Saturday Bird is a male Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) with food for its young.

Photographed near Punnichy in Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s. The male and female were landing on this branch before going to the nest which was in the hollow steel leg of a grain bin.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020