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Female Purple Finch

My Saturday Bird this week is a continuation of last week’s post. This is a female Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) in spring.

Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in a year when the species hung around after winter and bred.

Saturday Bird: Female Purple Finch
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Male Purple Finch

My Saturday Bird this week is the Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus), in this case a male.

Despite the common English name adult males are raspberry red. I suggested in a blog post years ago that they should be renamed Raspberry Red Finch. Rather amusingly I see that the current Wikipedia entry for the species describes them as being raspberry red.

This individual was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula in early spring. Despite being classed as year round residents in this part of Ontario numbers vary from year to year with very few records some years.

Saturday Bird: Male Purple Finch
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Weekly Prompts

Purplish

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Purple.

A small selection of purplish subjects including a bird that’s raspberry red but called a Purple Finch.

July Squares: Portrait of a Coneflower
A Coneflower.
Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz
A male Purple Finch.
April Squares: Colourful plastic Tops
A purple water bottle.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Close Up
A purple wax crayon.
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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz challenge.

What I didn’t know is thar razzmatazz is a colour, variously described as pink, rose, purple or crimson depending on the source.

This ambiguity and the “razz” at the start of the word made me think raspberry and of the North American Purple Finch. I have suggested in the past that Raspberry Finch would have been a better name. Now I’m wondering if Razzmatazz Finch wouldn’t be another option.

Some male Purple Finches photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario over the past few years.

 

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

 

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

 

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

 

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Lens-Artists

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019.

I considered a few themes for the challenge but in the end decided to just go with a selection of my favourites for the year.

A January thaw saw this Ivy appear as the snow melted.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019

 

Late March and Colpoy’s Bay is still frozen.

Ice at sunrise.

 

Early June and a male Purple Finch in the yard.

Purple Finch in the yard.

 

Mid July and an Orange Daylily photographed with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Orange Day-Lily with a swirly background.

 

Early September saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline 45 minutes before sunrise so I could do some long exposures. This is a 60 second exposure to allow the clouds to move across the sky.

Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.

 

The end of October saw the autumn colour mostly coming to the end while a few trees held on to their leaves.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Open Topic

 

Mid November saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise where breaking waves had splashed over a bush to form this ice sculpture.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

 

In December Santa Claus brings up the rear of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours

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Juvenile Purple Finch

A juvenile Purple Finch in the yard.

At the moment most of the adult birds are looking scruffy after the breeding season while the juveniles are looking quite smart.

Purple Finch juvenile in late summer.

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 7th July 2019

Purple Finch in the yard.