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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Monochrome Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature.

I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.

So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

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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Monthly Squares

October Squares: Raindrop Lines

This is my contribution for day 26 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

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

October Squares: Raindrop Lines

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

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

I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.

My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.

In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

 

Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight.

 

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.

In the rain.

 

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light.

As a photographer I pay attention to the light and had several ideas for the challenge. In the end I decided to make light the theme of my contribution. Here’s a few photos where the quality of light is a major part of the image.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background. Last year I spent some time experimenting with different lighting conditions and had set up in the yard so that any birds landing on the branch in the shade would have sunlight illuminating the background.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

 

Two backlit Sandhill Cranes soon after sunrise. I was heading home after going down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise when I spotted the birds feeding in a hay field with the light behind them.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. I deliberately set up in the yard where the birds and mammals would be moving in and out of the patches of sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

My first thought was of the Rolling Stones song before seeing the Mick Jagger graphic on the challenge page. Somehow I ended up thinking about some of the photos from last year that I submitted for consideration in 2019 calendars.

I submitted the three photos below to a calendar publishing company I hadn’t dealt with before. They were looking for images for a wildlife calendar.

In the end they had so many submissions that they decided to publish a birds calendar as well as the wildlife calendar. All three of my shots made it into the calendars.

To make the 100% success rate all the more satisfying, the shots were taken with a decade old DSLR and a manual focus telephoto lens I purchased used in the mid 1990s.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

In the rain.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.

 

A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaches the feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

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Six Word Saturday

Keeping an eye on the photographer.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak watches me.

Six Word Saturday.

Young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.