On reading the prompt for One Word Sunday: Knot it was ìnevitable that I would go with a photo or two of Red Knot I photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton early one autumn morning.
One of the juvenile Red Knot in golden light on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I had gone down to the shoreline for the sunrise but spent the time photographing the Red Knot instead.
After feeding, bathing and preening while I took photos this one settled down for a nap. At which point I headed home to get some breakfast.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs to have the Letter “K” anywhere in the word.
I started thinking about some of the birds and mammals that have the letter K in their common English names. One of the first species that came to mind was Red Knot, possibly because in Britain the common English name is simply Knot.
Having spent some time with two juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario when they had stopped off on autumn migration I decided to go with a selection of photos showing various activities.
These young birds had hatched from eggs a few months previously and had already traveled a considerable distance from the Canadian arctic. Some Red Knot fly to coastal South America for the winter.
The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rest got me thinking about a dilemma I sometimes have as a photographer.
If a species can settle down and rest in front of you it means it’s relaxed and therefore you’re not stressing it. At the same time, editors often want photos of species doing something, a behavioral shot. It makes for a more interesting image than a species simply sitting there. So while I want the subject to relax in front of me I would like it to do something interesting.
A male Common Pochard resting. It was really the ripples on the water that caught my eye.
A Bewick’s Swan sleeping.
A European Rabbit resting.
An immature Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada having stopped off on its way south for the winter.
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.