Throwback Thursday travels back 14 years. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario for the sunrise. I don’t remember what the sunrise was like but I did find a small group of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. Having hatched a few months previously they were heading south for the first time.
I spent some time with them, after a while they were comfortable enough to feed, bathe, preen and sleep in front of me.
This individual is feeding amongst the rocks on the shoreline.
Throwback Thursday travels back to 2006 and an early morning visit to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise.
I found some immature Red Knot on the shoreline and spent some time with them. After a while they were comfortable enough to feed, bath and preen while I photographed them.
A well camouflaged immature Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.
How do some bird species sense food in mud or sand underwater. A juvenile Red Knot feeding on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird had stopped off on its way south for the winter.
My contribution to One Word Sunday: Sense.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Deception.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the bird species that I have photographed when they’re deceiving the photographer by appearing to be resting or napping. They’re usually keeping at least a partially open eye on the photographer.
A Horned Grebe napping on a farm pond near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.
A napping Bewick’s Swan at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.
A male Common Pochard resting on Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
A juvenile Red Knot relaxes on its way south for the winter.
One Word Sunday.
ThIs is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort.
My initial idea was a selection of comfortable looking bird and wildlife subjects. Then I got thinking about some of the close encounters I have had. When birds and wildlife have been comfortable enough to ignore me and carry on doing what they were doing before a photographer pointed a lens at them.
Lying in the yard in Ontario, Canada I was trying to get shots of an uncooperative male Cardinal when this Eastern Chipmunk started posing for the camera.
I was in the yard photographing Sparrow species one spring when this American Red Squirrel started feeding on seed under the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.
I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise when I found a couple of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. I spent some time with them, they fed, bathed, preened and even slept in front of me. Ontario, Canada.
I was sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline and continued on past me. Ontario, Canada.
I was lying in a mix of sand and wildfowl poop photographing American White Pelicans when a small flock of Wilson’s Phalarope landed on the shoreline and proceeded to feed around me. This female posed for a portrait before walking so close to me that the lens couldn’t focus on her. Saskatchewan, Canada.
I was in the yard photographing birds when this Racoon appeared and started eyeing up the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.
I was photographing a plant in a ditch when this male Common Blackbird came over to investigate the strange behaviour of the human. Cheshire, England.
The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Feathers.
An easy challenge for me having been photographing birds for decades. So I decided to do something a little different, rather than just picking photos of birds I would select shots where the birds feathers were a feature of the photo.
Feather maintenance. A well camouflaged juvenile Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird has stopped over on its way south for the winter.
Feather washing. An adult European Robin bathing which is an important part of feather maintenance. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Feather iridescence. Iridescent feathers on a male Common Grackle are used to attract a female and are an indication of the health of the bird. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Feathers for insulation. A male Evening Grosbeak warms one leg and foot in its feathers at -30°C. Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Feather feeding. An adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its own breast feathers to its young. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. There is some debate about why many species of Grebe feed their breast feathers to the young.
Feathers spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.