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Throwback Thursday

A V at Sunset

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.

A large, loose V of Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset during the autumn migration.

With no internet connection at home I’m slowly working on editing the thousands of slides I copied last winter. I recently finished all the copies with Sandhill Crane included in the keywords.

Throwback Thursday: A V at Sunset
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Monthly Squares

Five Of A Kind

Five Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at dusk. Photographed at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada during autumn migration.

This is my day 5 contribution to Becky’s October Squares on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Five of a Kind
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Our Feathered Friends

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Our Feathered Friends prompt.

With 30+ years of bird photos I decided to keep it simple and came up with the theme of size divided between North America and Europe.

 

January Squares: Hummingbird in Flight

A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird, one of the smaller birds found in North America.

 

January Squares: Backlight

Two Sandhill Cranes, one of the larger bird species found in North America.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Our Feathered Friends

A Eurasian Wren, one of the smaller European bird species.

 

Weekly Prompts: Grey

Portrait of a Grey Heron, one of the larger European bird species.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

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

This week’s prompt came from Ann-Christine and was giving me some difficulty. I had a couple of ideas for the challenge, neither of which I was really happy with. Then I realised that the two photos I was thinking of were taken over 40 years apart, one in the 1970s and one in the 2010s.

So I decided to fill in the blank decades with a photo from each decade.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

1970s. Autumn Beech trees in the mist.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

1980s. A male Eurasian Bullfinch feeding on seed heads in a hay field.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

1990s. Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

2000s. Chantry Island and its lighthouse through mist at sunrise.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

2010s. A mist shrouded Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

 

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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Something Good

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good.

I drew a blank on this prompt at first before thinking about the way the natural world is carrying on as normal regardless of the humans around them. Spring migration continues as normal so I thought of some of the recently arrived or recently emerged from hibernation species in this part of Ontario.

 

A sign of spring.

I had my first American Robin about a month ago.

 

Northern Cardinal male feeding.

We had a male Northern Cardinal show up in the yard about three weeks ago.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

I had my first Eastern Chipmunk emerge from hibernation about 10 days ago.

 

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

I heard Sandhill Cranes calling a week or two ago and saw two last Thursday.

 

Portrait of a Racoon.

I had my first Raccoon of the spring yesterday (Friday) evening.

 

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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Simple Joys

When considering the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys prompt I remembered going down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and the joy of being entertained by a Belted Kingfisher pretending to be a Barn Swallow by sitting on a power line along the road.

That made me wonder what the sunrise had been like and what else I had photographed that day. That then got me thinking about coming home from another sunrise and spotting two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field in nice early morning light.

That was on the 4th August 2018 so here’s a selection of simple joys from that day.

 

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

The simple joy of a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline to myself for a 50 second exposure at dawn.

 

Fog and low cloud.

The simple joy of a black and white photo of the mist and low cloud over the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.

 

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

The simple joy of spotting these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field coming home from the sunrise.

 

Male American Goldfinch.

The simple joy of setting up a camera in the yard to photograph this male American Goldfinch in its smart summer plumage.

 

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Monthly Squares

January Squares: Backlight

Returning home from photographing a sunrise I spotted these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field. Backlit by the low sun I had to stop and take some photos of the birds.

This is my contribution for day seven of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

January Squares: Backlight