Falling Water.

My contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge Falling Water.

I was considering some of the birds and mammals I have photographed in the rain before deciding to go with a couple of shots of a nearby waterfall. Despite now living close to the waterfall these shots were taken in 1985 when I spent part of the summer in Ontario.

A wide view of Inglis Falls on the Sydenham River near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Falling Water.

Selecting a section of the falls with a telephoto lens.

Falling Water.

Feathers.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Feathers.

An easy challenge for me having been photographing birds for decades. So I decided to do something a little different, rather than just picking photos of birds I would select shots where the birds feathers were a feature of the photo.

Feather maintenance. A well camouflaged juvenile Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird has stopped over on its way south for the winter.

Feather maintenance.

Feather washing. An adult European Robin bathing which is an important part of feather maintenance. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Bath time

Feather iridescence. Iridescent feathers on a male Common Grackle are used to attract a female and are an indication of the health of the bird. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A shiny male Common Grackle.

Feathers for insulation. A male Evening Grosbeak warms one leg and foot in its feathers at -30°C. Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Evening Grosbeak in the winter.

Feather feeding. An adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its own breast feathers to its young. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. There is some debate about why many species of Grebe feed their breast feathers to the young.

Adult Great Crested Grebe with young.

Feathers spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A Black-capped Chickadee taking off.

Peaceful.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Peaceful.

Currently living close to a large bay and having lived close to Lake Huron in Ontario and Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan I have always found calm water very peaceful.

A calm Colpoy’s Bay with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon at sunrise. Ontario, Canada.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Remains of winter ice on Lake Huron at dusk. Ontario, Canada.

Blue ice at dusk.

A calm Last Mountain Lake at sunset. Saskatchewan, Canada.

The sun sets over Last Mountain Lake.

Wheels.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Wheels.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the photos of some of the vehicles I have used to carry camera gear around and even used as portable hides (blinds).

A pickup truck I used in Saskatchewan and later in Ontario, Canada. I put a fibreglass tonneau cover on the box so I could store tripods and hides (blinds) in the box. Frequently used as a hide in Saskatchewan.

Photographer's wheels.

A van I used in the U.K. It had a mount for a tripod head attached to the drivers door.

Photographer's wheels.

A quad bike I used in Saskatchewan, Canada. The tripod was strapped to the front rack.

Photographers wheels.

A car I used in Saskatchewan, Canada. There should have been a road closed sign at the end of the back road.

Photographer's wheels.

A motorcycle I used around the U.K. and Europe. There was often a waterproof Pelican case strapped to the pillion seat.

Photographer's wheels.

Some Spring Arrivals.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Beauty of Spring.

One thing I always look forward to each spring is the arrival of the various  bird species that head north to breed in the summer.

So here’s a selection of recently arrived summer migrants from the U.K. and Canada.

First, a Sedge Warbler photographed at Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. One of many warbler species that arrive in the U.K. in the spring.

Summer migrant Sedge Warbler.

Next a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Saskatchewan, Canada proclaiming his territory having recently arrived for the summer.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Finally, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak recently arrived in Ontario, Canada for the summer.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Fossil of a Seashell.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Something Different.

I thought this photo of a seashell fossil was different. It’s probably millions of years old but resembles some of the seashells I picked up along the North Wales coast as a child. It was photographed in Ontario, Canada, now hundreds of miles from the nearest salt water.

Seashell fossil.