This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature Animals prompt.
This week Patti gave use the prompt From Large to Small for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals.
Having been digitising my slide archives I had various options so I needed to come up with a theme.
In the end I decided to keep it simple and go with one photo from my time in Cheshire, England, one from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada and one from my time in Ontario, Canada.
A Red Fox in a hay field at Faddiley, Cheshire, England. A favourite and an easy choice after the photo was used in a field guide to garden wildlife. Rather amusing as it’s fairly obviously in a hay field.
A Striped Skunk on the Middle Quill Lake shoreline, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. This was also a relatively easy pick despite having a few animals to select from. I went with this Skunk because a lot of people’s reaction to the photo. I was never concerned about being sprayed. Skunks have very poor eyesight so my trick is to talk calmly to them. That way they know you’re there and you aren’t going to surprise them.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. This shot was the hardest to select, in the end I went with this photo because it was used in a calendar. I also like the effect of the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees which is why I had set up in that location.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening.
I had a few ideas for openings for this prompt. As a bird photographer I have used a variety of openings from windows to holes in portable fabric hides (blinds). I decided to stick with one type of opening and settled on vehicle windows.
I decided to go with vehicle windows in part because I thought it would make the selection easier. Because the list of species is shorter than some of the other openings.
That was the theory, in practice I changed my selection at least four times before deciding to set some rules. Four photos, two bird species and two mammal species. Two species from Britain and two species from Canada.
A Fieldfare that spent part of the winter feeding on windfall apples in an abandoned orchard in Cheshire, England.
A Red Fox photographed from a vehicle as it hunted in a hay field in Cheshire, England.
Two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada. By the curve of their bills, a male in front and a female behind.
A Coyote watching the photographer from the edge of some bush in Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View.
It was the photo of a Woodpecker looking out of its nest hole in Amy’s prompt for the challenge that gave me the idea for this post. It made me think of the various species of birds I have photographed looking out of their nest holes. Then I started considering the reverse, me looking out of openings when I was photographing various species.
A house window. Actually a bedroom window of my parents house in Cheshire, England. An upstairs window got me closer to eye with this Redwing eating a Holly berry.
A vehicle window. Friend’s had this Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. I parked by the side of their garage and photographed it out of the drivers door window.
An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
An opening in a fabric portable hide (blind). A male Common Redpoll feeding on seeds blown onto a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals.
After some thought I decided to go with a selection of animals covering a range of sizes, locations and decades.
A wet Racoon that wandered into the yard last summer.
A Red Deer stag with his harem at Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
A Red Fox in a hay meadow in Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
A Coyote watching the photographer. Taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.
A young European Rabbit photographed at Brown Moss, Shropshire, England in the 1980s.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected.
I’ve had a few unexpected wildlife encounters over the years but one recent encounter came to mind. A little over a year ago I was sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton. It was mid morning and I had a camera sitting on the bench next to me, just in case.
Imagine my surprise when I saw a Red Fox trotting along the shoreline towards me. I grabbed the camera and started taking photos as I was expecting it to spook and run off. Well it didn’t run off, it stopped briefly for a quick drink before it got close to me. It then carried on trotting along the shoreline towards me and carried on past me to disappear in some vegetation growing to the north of the lookout.
Ten minutes later it was trotting behind me heading back south. I later found out from a local I know that it was a regular along the shoreline and had learned to ignore the locals and the tourists. I saw it again a couple of months later but it wasn’t as close.