The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Shiny.
My initial ideas involved ice as winter seems to be dragging on in this part of Ontario.
I then started thinking about some of the bird species with iridescent plumage and thought of the male Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) that should be arriving in Ontario soon. They’re quite a colourful species in the right light although not very popular with some people who feed the birds when they descend in large flocks.
A portrait of a male Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in the spring.
Spring on the South Bruce Peninsula.
Six Word Saturday.
One from the archives taken in Lancashire, England in the mid 1990s.
I was at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Martin Mere reserve. There was a few Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) close to one of the hides in the morning. With the nice light on the birds I spent some time shooting as wide a variety of images as possible.
I like the way the light is catching the drops of water on the birds head and neck as it feeds.
A bull Bison poses for its portrait. The way its eye is mostly closed makes me think it’s having an afternoon nap.
One from the archives taken on film in the 1990s. Photographed from the back of a pickup truck on a Bison ranch at Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This adult birds plumage is clean and smart for the summer. Outside the breeding season their white head and neck plumage is streaked with grey.
Taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
The species gets its common English name from the dark ring around the bill.
Just a portrait of a Mourning Dove but it shows the patch of iridescent feathers on the neck. They’re hardly noticeable most of the time so it was nice to get a shot showing them.
Taken in dappled sunlight last week. I was considering it for my week 29 photo but went with a different bird image.