This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up.
The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was the various bird species I have photographed in the yard as they look up, making sure that there isn’t a predatory species about.
A male American Goldfinch checking the sky.
A Chipping Sparrow looking up.
A Raccoon looking up, contemplating going after the bird feeders despite me being out in the yard.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch looking up as it feeds in the grass.
This is my day 20 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.
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 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.
An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
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 travels back to Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s.
A group of Red Deer hinds being watched over by a stag during the rut. A group of hinds held by a stag is known as a harem.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid.
I considered the more obvious candid shots of humans before deciding to go in a completely different direction.
An American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula. One of the squirrels in the area that are so used to me being around that they ignore me allowing me to take candid portraits as they go about their business.
An Eastern Chipmunk ignoring the photographer.
A Racoon that wandered into the yard. It’s more interested in the bird feeders than the photographer.
This is my contribution for day 13 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge and a shot I delayed posting until the thirteenth.
For day 13 I give you a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel in the spring looking for some fresh grass to eat. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.