January Squares: Osprey in Flight

This is my day 14 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day two of my Flight sequence.

An Osprey with a White Sucker in flight along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I was considering going with White in Flight or Sucker in Flight as the fish is a White Sucker but neither really make sense. I should also explain that sucker is the Canadian name for a lollipop.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself.

Having been taking photos for over 40 years I had a few ideas for the challenge and changed my plans for the post several times. Eventually I decided to pick one image from each decade.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland in 1985. After 3 days of rain it stopped for a while.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

 

Male and female American Avocets on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1995. I spent an hour with the birds, the only sighting of the species I have had.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself

 

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada in 2008. I went down to the shoreline for the sunrise and stayed for a while checking out what birds were around.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Rainbow over a barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in 2017. The rain was too heavy to stop for a shot of the rainbow over some trees in their autumn colour. A quarter mile later the rain had eased off enough to stop.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Lines

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.

My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.

In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

 

Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight.

 

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.

In the rain.

 

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

Fish.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Apple.

Female Common Blackbird.

 

Poppy seeds.

Eating Poppy seeds.

 

Bugs.

July Squares: Mountain Bluebird.

 

Fish, again.

American White Pelican with fish.

 

Caterpillar.

Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

My last contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge. Thank you Becky for a fun month of blue squares.

Day 31 and the last day of the challenge so I thought something flying off into the sunset was appropriate. So here’s a bird flying towards me shortly after sunrise and the blue is water rather than sky.

An Osprey carries a recently caught White Sucker over Lake Huron. Taken from Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

 

Food

Except that in the end it wasn’t food in the way I was expecting it to be.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Food.

I had a dozen ideas for the challenge, none of which I was particularly happy with. I then remembered this incident and decided to tell a bit of a story.

The first photo shows a Herring Gull standing over a fish covered in sand on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. After a while the Herring Gull lost interest in the fish and left it lying on the sand. It was still lying there when I packed the camera away and headed home. But that is the end of the story.

American Herring Gull guarding a fish.

The story begins when an Osprey patrolling the Lake Huron shallows dives in and catches a fish. This is witnessed by various Herring Gulls who then start harassing the Osprey trying to get it to drop the fish. In this photo an immature Herring Gull is coming in from the side of the Osprey in an attempt to steal the fish.

Herring Gull harassing an Osprey.

Eventually the Osprey is forced to drop the fish. It lands on the shoreline where an adult Herring Gull claims the fish to pick at it briefly before losing interest.

American Herring Gull with a fish.