Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

My first thought was animated wildlife, that is wildlife doing something. The first couple of photos I picked for the challenge were bird species from Saskatchewan so I decided to restrict my selection to birds photographed in Saskatchewan.

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

A preening Marbled Godwit.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

A Killdeer having a good stretch.

Stretching Killdeer.

A singing male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh.

Feeding Black Tern.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Trees.

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

Hoarfrost covered trees at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

snow covered prairie and hoarfrost covered trees

Silver Birch trees in snow on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Silver Birch trees in the snow.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough in the autumn, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Abstract trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract trees.

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

Shadows from trees.

A hodgepodge of tree trunks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Autumn tree trunks.

 

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Road.

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Road.

Originally I thought I would go with two roads in summer many miles apart in Canada. Then I remembered a shot from Christmas day, 2017.

A back road in the summer on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. I was returning from photographing a sunrise when I stopped for this shot. I liked the way the low sun was illuminating the grass seed heads along the sides of the road.

A spring back road.

A back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario on Christmas day, 2017. Falling snow is obscuring the end of the road.

Snow covered back road on Christmas day.

This gravel road in Saskatchewan, Canada should have had a Road Closed sign at the junction so you wouldn’t drive down it only to find the road was underwater.

Photographer's wheels.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort.

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.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

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.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

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.

having a nap

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.

Trotting Red Fox.

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.

Female Wilson's Phalarope.

I was in the yard photographing birds when this Racoon appeared and started eyeing up the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

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.

Male European Blackbird.

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the mid 1990s.

This is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) in the summer. Other common English names include the Striped Gopher and Leopard Ground Squirrel,

Sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers and ranchers due to their burrow systems the species is widely distributed across North American prairies and grasslands. It is known for standing upright and checking its territory, probably looking out for predators and rivals.

Ground Squirrel in the summer.