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Marbled Godwit in a marsh

My Saturday Bird this week is the Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), a large shorebird (wader to the British) and the largest of the four species of Godwit.

The vast majority breed in the mid-continental North America, followed by eastern Canada and the Alaska Peninsula, USA. Most of them winter on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

This individual was photographed in a marsh between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada in early summer.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020.

The prompt is about an ideal, dream vacation given the Covid-19 pandemic that makes vacation plans somewhat irrelevant at the moment. Which gave me the opportunity to look back and consider where I would like to return to with a digital camera.

Before the list of locations became too long I made sure only summer ones were on the list. This quickly made one location stand out, south central Saskatchewan.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A summer plumage male American Goldfinch spying on the photographer. Photographed near the village of Punnichy.

 

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope on the shoreline of Middle Quill Lake.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A male Mountain Bluebird with food for the young in a nearby nest. Photographed near the village of Punnichy.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A Marbled Godwit in a marsh at Little Quill Lake.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Summer plumage American Avocets feeding on a slough near the village of Punnichy.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area.

 

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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC: Sense of Touching

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was of some wader (shorebird) species that use their bills to find food in water, sand or mud.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. The sense of touch in use here is when the birds sweep their slightly open bills through the water feeling for anything edible.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot feeding on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario on its autumn migration. The bird is using the sense of touch in its bill to probe for food in the sand under the rocks on the shoreline.

 

Feeding Marbled Godwit.

A Marbled Godwit feeding in a marsh between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. The bird is using the sense of touch in its bill to probe the mud for worms and anything else edible.

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Day Trip

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Day Trip.

There was a couple of bird photography locations in Saskatchewan, Canada that I used to spend the day at, Little Quill Lake and the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. Here’s a selection of photos from the two areas.

A frozen marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Striped Skunk in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Unexpected encounter.

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in winter.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

A Marbled Godwit preening in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

American White Pelicans in the summer, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Living sky.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

My first thought was animated wildlife, that is wildlife doing something. The first couple of photos I picked for the challenge were bird species from Saskatchewan so I decided to restrict my selection to birds photographed in Saskatchewan.

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

A preening Marbled Godwit.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

A Killdeer having a good stretch.

Stretching Killdeer.

A singing male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh.

Feeding Black Tern.

 

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Eat, bath, preen.

A Marbled Godwit on a section of Little Quill Lake shoreline. Taken one spring in the late 1990s in Saskatchewan.

I remember spending some time with the bird but had forgotten how many photos I had taken until going through my slide archives and digitizing some a few years ago.

The bird feeding.

Feeding Marbled Godwit.

After feeding the bird decided that it was bath time.

A bathing Marbled Godwit.

After bathing the Godwit had a long preen.

Preening Marbled Godwit.