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One Word Sunday

Open

One Word Sunday: Open

Two open Oriental Poppies in a Cheshire garden.

This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Open prompt. It’s a follow-up of sorts to my post for last week’s One Word Sunday prompt Closed, an Oriental Poppy bud.

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One Word Sunday

Closed

One Word Sunday: Closed

An Oriental Poppy flower bud in a garden at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

An early experiment with motion blur from my archives taken in the mid 1980s. Part of a submission to greetings card and calendar publishers.

This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Closed prompt.

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Weekly Topics

A young Eurasian Blue Tit

My Saturday Bird this week is a young Eurasian Blue Tit.

The photo raises a couple of interesting points. The yellow plumage shows it is a young bird hatched from an egg in the spring. It has only been out of the nest for a couple of months. The bird has a ring on its leg which means that it was probably ringed while in the nest.

I did some research and the closest location I could find for the bird to be ringed was three miles away in a straight line. That means that this bird has already travelled a considerable distance in the short time since it left the nest.

The other interesting point is the birds activity. It’s pecking open an Oriental Poppy seed pod to get at the seeds inside. I had seen and photographed adult birds doing this previously but not young birds. So did this bird learn how to do this by watching an adult or is it instinctive behaviour?

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close.

A close up of a mostly closed Oriental Poppy flower bud with deliberate motion blur and a selective colour treatment.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close.

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Throwback Thursday

Oriental Poppy flower bud.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1980s. At the time I was experimenting with a variety of techniques photographing nature subjects.

One of the techniques involved using slower shutter speeds to show some movement in the subjects. This Oriental Poppy flower bud was one of my favourites from my experiments with the technique. I like the hint of sharpness on some of the hairs on the bud and the splash of red where the flowers petals are starting to show.

Poppy flower bud with motion blur.

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Throwback Thursday

Feeding on Poppy seeds

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1980s. The juvenile Eurasian Blue Tit is feeding on a Poppy seed head.

The photo is interesting for a couple of reasons. The juvenile Blue Tit is ringed. I did some research and the closest ringing location I could find was three miles away in a straight line. Which means that this juvenile has already travelled some distance from where it was ringed. Being a juvenile it could have been ringed when it was still in the nestbox.

Also interesting is that the bird is feeding on Poppy seeds after pecking a hole in the seed head. I have seen adult Blue Tits feeding this way. So did the juvenile bird learn this behavior by watching an adult or is it instinctive behavior to peck open seed heads?

Eating Poppy seeds.