Saturday Bird

Common Redpoll

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea). It is also known as the Mealy Redpoll.

This bird is a male due to the reddish tinge on the breast. The amount and brightness of the red on the breast can vary enormously. Photographed while it searched for wind blown seeds on a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Common Redpoll
Monthly Squares

January Squares: Up #11

Singing Up in spring.

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing Up to proclaim its territory and attract a mate near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

January Squares: Up #11
Cosmic Photo Challenge

A Cold Start

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: A Cold Start prompt.

Travel Tuesday: Berford Lake at dawn

A recent cold start with a bitterly cold wind coming off the water. Dawn over Berford Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A cold start in the late 1990s. Sunrise reflected in a frozen and partially snow covered slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgic

A cold start in the early 1980s. A snow and hoarfrost covered Oak tree shortly after sunrise at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Six Word Saturday

A Snow and Hoarfrost Covered Landscape

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Six Word Saturday: A Snow and Hoarfrost Covered Landscape
Flora and Fauna Friday

Hidden Coyote

The subject of my Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Coyote (Canis latrans). A species of canine native to North America.

It is widespread and abundant and is moving into urban areas in eastern Canada and the U.S.

This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. I like the way the colour of the Coyote blends in with the surrounding grass.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Photo Challenges

Gold Horns

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Silver or Gold prompt.

I had a few ideas for the prompt but wasn’t really happy with any of them. In the end I decided to go with the least obvious idea.

This is a summer plumage Horned Grebe on a pool near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. I thought the birds ‘horn’ and some of the reflections surrounding it were golden. The reflections are a mix of sky, straw bales and a corral fence created by getting down as close to eye level with the bird as possible.

CMMC: Silver or Gold
Monthly Squares

Two Of A Kind #4

Two Horned Grebe amongst reflections on a pool near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the late spring.

This is my day 29 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Two Of A Kind