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Rusty

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rusty or Decayed prompt.

I thought of two very different photos taken many years apart.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

A rusty tin roof on an abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A rusty license plate being used to reinforce a splitting railroad tie being used as a fence post near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Male Red-winged Blackbird

My Saturday Bird this week is the Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). The species is found in most of North America and much of Central America.

Northern populations are migratory heading south for the winter. This is a male singing to proclaim his territory and attract a mate having just arrived in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.

One Word Sunday: Inspiration
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Hole and Whole

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hole or Whole prompt.

Weekly Prompts: Hole
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel emerging from a hole.
Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends
A whole Richardson’s Ground Squirrel.
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The Cold Light of Dawn

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The cold light of day prompt.

Being a morning person and as dawn and sunrise is frequently the coldest part of the day I decided to go with a small selection of photos taken at dawn in winter and featuring ice or snow.

One Word Sunday: Ice
Frozen and partially snow covered slough with a weak sun pillar at dawn. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Second Time Around
Ice on Colpoy’s Bay at dawn with clouds over the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Throwback Thursday: 28th January 2021
Snow covered farmland at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England at dawn.
A Photo a Week Challenge: Cracked
Cracked ice on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at dawn. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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Horned Lark

My Saturday Bird this week continues my look back at species photographed in Saskatchewan in winter.

This is the Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris). It is known as the Shore Lark in Europe due to the species being found on coastlines in winter.

This individual was photographed feeding on wheat stubble near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in winter. Photographed through an open vehicle window on a -30°C morning.

Saturday Bird: Horned Lark or Shore Lark
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Emerging from its hole

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Hole.

This is a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel emerging from a burrow (or hole). Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in early spring.

Weekly Prompts: Hole
Silent Sunday: 12th April 2020

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel about to enter a burrow.

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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