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Snow Bunting

My Saturday Bird is continuing my recent theme of birds in winter. This week’s species is the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).

It is an arctic species with a circumpolar arctic breeding range. The species heads south in the autumn to winter in northern temperate zones. Interestingly they migrate at night using the earth’s geomagnetic field to navigate.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The birds plumage is partially camouflaged against the partially snow covered wheat stubble. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a bitterly cold morning. It was -35°C if I recall correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Bunting
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Becky's Squares

January Squares: Up #27

Up on top of a rock.

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Four Sanderling Up on top of a rock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario during autumn migration.

Four young Sanderling
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Common Redpoll

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea). It is also known as the Mealy Redpoll.

This bird is a male due to the reddish tinge on the breast. The amount and brightness of the red on the breast can vary enormously. Photographed from a portable hide (blind) while it searched for wind blown seeds on a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Common Redpoll
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Throwback Thursday

Lighthouse at Dusk

Throwback Thursday travels back to the Lake Huron shoreline in the early 2000s.

This is Chantry Island and its lighthouse at dusk in early winter. Chantry Island is just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Throwback Thursday: 31st December 2020
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Hidden Coyote

The subject of my Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Coyote (Canis latrans). A species of canine native to North America.

It is widespread and abundant and is moving into urban areas in eastern Canada and the U.S.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. I like the way the colour of the Coyote blends in with the surrounding grass.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
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Throwback Thursday

Early Snow on the Island

This week my Throwback Thursday post travels back 15 years to late autumn 2005.

This is Chantry Island and its lighthouse at dawn with some early snow on the island. Chantry Island is just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Throwback Thursday: Early snow on the island
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Lens-Artists

Now and Then

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Now and Then prompt.

It took me a while to come up with an idea for a post in response to the prompt and it doesn’t really show a difference between now and pre Covid-19 days.

I thought about some of the photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood since Ontario went into lockdown in the spring. Particularly the photos of plants and flowers taken with various unusual lenses.

That’s when I realised that I have been using unusual lenses or techniques for an awfully long time.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower growing on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Taken with a fast portrait lens a few months ago and a favourite from the summer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

Portrait of a Prairie Lily taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. I used a long telephoto lens to isolate the flower from the rest of the vegetation growing in the ditch.

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

Portrait of a Fuchsia flower using high speed film and a soft focus filter. Taken in the mid 1980s when I was trying to get calender and greeting card publishers interested in these types of images.