Willet walking around a slough.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s.

This was going to be a contribution to the July Squares: Blue photo challenge but I ran out of days before running out of blue squares.

I photographed this Willet as it walked on the detritus around the edge of a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken from a pickup truck window while resting the lens on a bean bag on the window frame.

Willet walking around a slough.

Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the summer of 1995.

I had found the nest of a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the middle of a group of large trees. Because of the surrounding trees there was only a few brief periods each day when the sun illuminated the tree trunk and nest hole.

Both the male and female were busily feeding the young in the nest. This meant that the adults would land at the nest hole and check that the other bird wasn’t about to exit before they entered. There is a photo of a bird exiting while the other waits here.

Here, the male is making sure that the female isn’t in the nest before entering.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker male.

A Photo a Week Challenge: View.

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: View.

I decided to go with a selection of views from some of the places that I have lived in over the years.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset. Georgian Bluffs, Ontario, Canada in the mid 1980s.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset.

Mist at sunrise. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year.

Rising sun through mist

Storm clouds over Lake Huron with Chantry Island on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada in the 2000s.

Storm clouds over Chantry Island and Lake Huron.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Autumn leaves in the mist. Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.

Autumn colour in mist.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the south bank of the River Thames. London, England in the early 1980s.

Early morning on the South Bank.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display.

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

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying to attract a female near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

Old commercial vehicle display, Queens Park, Crewe, Cheshire, England.

Old commercial vehicle display.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in the spring, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

Canada Day firework display, Wiarton, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Trees.

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

Hoarfrost covered trees at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

snow covered prairie and hoarfrost covered trees

Silver Birch trees in snow on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Silver Birch trees in the snow.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough in the autumn, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Abstract trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract trees.

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

Shadows from trees.

A hodgepodge of tree trunks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Autumn tree trunks.