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Cosmic Photo Challenge

From Ground or Water Level

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Ground Level prompt.

It was a good prompt for me as I usually try to get to eye level with birds and mammals. This often involves lying on the ground behind the camera.

However, I quickly realised just how many photos I had to pick from. So initially I decided to limit myself to four photos. Then I decided to go with one photo from the past four decades, partly to make the selection easier.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

1980s. A male Common Blackbird checking 1what the photographer is doing. I was in a ditch photovraphing something when I noticed this male spying on me. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

CMMC: Silver or Gold

1990s. A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a cattle watering hole. I wanted to get as low a viewpoint as possible so had the legs of the tripod fully spread and then stomped them into a mixture of mud and cattle poop before lying behind the camera. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Juvenile Red Knot

2000s. A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. The shoreline was too rocky to lie down behind the camera so I was kneeling, trying to get as low a possible. I spent long enough with the birds that they fed, bathed and napped in front of me. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals

2010s. An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. From the 52 week photo project I did in 2018 when I spent lots of time lying behind the camera photographing birds and mammals. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

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One Word Sunday

Splash

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Splash.

I had a few images in mind for this prompt. Then I thought of a line in an old pop song, “Splish, splash I was takin’ a bath” which made this photo an obvious choice.

A juvenile Red Knot bathing on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton during autumn migration.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K
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Weekly Topics

Juvenile Red Knot

My Saturday Bird this week is a juvenile Red Knot (Calidris canutus) resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

This individual hatched from an egg in the summer and is now heading south for the winter. It has stopped on the shoreline to feed and rest having already flown from northern Canada. It could travel as far as the southern tip of South America for the winter.

Saturday Bird: Juvenile Red Knot
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One Word Sunday

Distance

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Distance.

On reading the prompt I thought of the distances some bird species cover on migration.

That made me think of the Red Knot, one individual ringed in Argentina breeds in the Canadian arctic. It’s officially known as B95, the identification on the orange ring on its leg. It’s nicknamed Moonbird having flown more than the distance to the moon on its migrations.

This is a juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline on autumn migration. It hatched from an egg in the summer and has already travelled from the Canadian arctic and could travel as far as South America on its first migration.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

 

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Lens-Artists

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

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

My first thought on reading the prompt was birds bathing. I have quite a variety in my archives but I decided that was to easy. So here’s a mix of wet things.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A swimming Muskrat near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Action

An immature House Sparrow bathing in a bird bath in Hatherton, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on grass photographed from a portable canvas hide (blind) while photographing European Rabbits at Brown Moss, Shropshire.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot bathing on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

Dew on a Rose leaf in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden.

 

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CFFC

CFFC: Sense of Touching

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was of some wader (shorebird) species that use their bills to find food in water, sand or mud.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. The sense of touch in use here is when the birds sweep their slightly open bills through the water feeling for anything edible.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot feeding on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario on its autumn migration. The bird is using the sense of touch in its bill to probe for food in the sand under the rocks on the shoreline.

 

Feeding Marbled Godwit.

A Marbled Godwit feeding in a marsh between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. The bird is using the sense of touch in its bill to probe the mud for worms and anything else edible.

 

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Lens-Artists

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

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

I am a morning person and often have the alarm set to allow me to get to a location half an hour before sunrise. So here’s a small selection of photos taken around sunrise but not necessarily what I would call a photo of a sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

Waves and rocks on the Lake Huron shoreline soon after sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

A female Eurasian Blue Tit egg laying early in the morning.

 

One Word Sunday: Knot

A juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

 

Friendly Friday: Art Unexpected

Waves and ripples on Lake Huron at sunrise.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees

Snow and hoarfrost covered farmland at sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A Eurasian Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun.