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Flora and Fauna Friday

Bison calf resting

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday is a continuation of last week’s bull Bison portrait.

This is a Bison (Bison bison) calf resting on a Bison ranch near Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Also known as the American Bison, American Buffalo or simply Buffalo.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bison calf portrait
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Flora and Fauna Friday

Bull Bison portrait

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is a portrait of a resting bull Bison (Bison bison) photographed on a Bison ranch near Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Also known as the American Bison, American Buffalo or simply Buffalo.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bull Bison portrait
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Saturday Bird

Marbled Godwit in a marsh

My Saturday Bird this week is the Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), a large shorebird (wader to the British) and the largest of the four species of Godwit.

The vast majority breed in the mid-continental North America, followed by eastern Canada and the Alaska Peninsula, USA. Most of them winter on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

This individual was photographed in a marsh between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada in early summer.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter

This is my contribution to the final Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Season prompt Winter.

I will be following the rules I set for myself at the start of the Season prompts, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo. One from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada, one from when I lived in the U.K. and one photo from Ontario, Canada.

This final season was probably the hardest to select photos for and still follow the rules I set for myself. There were so many favourite winter images I had to ignore.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter

A Whooper Swan feeding at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England. Whooper Swans are one of two species of swans arrive to spend the winter in the U.K.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

Chantry Island lighthouse at sunset in the winter. Chantry Island is just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

An Eastern Gray Squirrel photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. One of those days when it doesn’t look as cold as it actually was. I remember it being around -30°C although this squirrel seemed a lot less bothered about the cold than the photographer was.

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with a female Wilson’s Phalarope

This is my day 24 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective series.

This is a female Wilson’s Phalarope feeding on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline in Saskatchewan, Canada. To get down to eye level with the bird I was lying in sand mixed with duck and goose poop.

 

July Squares: Eye Level with a female Wilson's Phalarope

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Pair

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Pair.

My first thought was pairs of birds, mammals and insects. I decided to keep it simple and go with a pair of photos of pairs of birds. As it turned out, the two photos I picked were taken a couple of miles and three years apart.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A pair of American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Water Water Everywhere #30: Golden Reflections

A pair of Horned Grebe amongst reflections on a farm pool near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Prairie Lily

Flora and Fauna Friday this week features the Prairie Lily. This specimen was photographed in a ditch near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s. I used my Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens to isolate it from the other plants growing in the ditch.

The Prairie Lily is the provincial flower of Saskatchewan.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower