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2018

Some birds from week 21.

First, a Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus). Normally an occasional winter species for us but we had large numbers last winter and we’ve still got a dozen or so around this spring. They’re an irruptive species meaning numbers vary from year to year as the birds follow food sources.

A spring Pine Siskin.

Next, a Turkey Vulture soars overhead while I waited for an uncooperative Baltimore Oriole.

Looking for something to eat.

Finally a female Common Grackle searching for a meal in the yard. An often overlooked species, a lot of people regard them as a nuisance around their bird feeders. I rather like them although I don’t have a lot of shots of the species.

A spring Common Grackle.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

In the country, two barns.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is In The Country.

Having grown up in the country in Cheshire, England the first thing that sprang to mind was the old barns you see in the countryside in Canada. A lot of the old barns in England have been converted into accommodation for people.

These two barns are local to where I live now. Both are still in use, one for storage, the other is still being used for cattle. Both were taken around sunrise, my preferred time for photography.

Old barn in mist at sunrise.

An old barn at sunrise.

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52 week photo project

Week 21. Ontario’s Provincial Flower.

There’s a good show of White Trilliums on the South Bruce Peninsula this spring. The White Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario.

The photo was taken on an afternoon walk over the Victoria Day long weekend, know as the May 2-4 weekend. I was going to title the post ‘a group of White Trilliums and a solitary yellow Dandelion’ but decided that was a bit rambling.

Ontario's Provincial Flower.

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Twisted Tern

A Tern twisting in flight while fishing over a pool near Isaac Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario this morning.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Twisted.

Twisted Caspian Tern.

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The Daily Post

Archaic bird photography.

A bit of a tongue in cheek response to the Daily Post one word prompt Archaic.

The photo was taken two weeks ago using a 10 year old camera, archaic by current standards. And the camera was by far the newest piece of equipment used, the lens is 29 years old and the tripod is 22 years old.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) The bird is in shade with sunlight on the background.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

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2018

A couple of birds from week 20.

A couple of photos I was considering for week 20 of my 52 week photo project.

I’ve been photographing a few summer visitors recently, filling in some gaps in my files.

A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus).

A spring Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

A male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) eating Grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Not as colourful as some of the males that were around but this one is hanging around.

A Baltimore Oriole on an Oriole feeder.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

A double ‘bow

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Living in Your Best Light.

Coming home through a thunderstorm one afternoon last autumn there was a double rainbow and some nice light on the fields of the side road we live on. I drove down the road in heavy rain hoping it would ease off enough to get some shots of the rainbows. It eased off enough for me to stop the car and grab some shots at the barn. I dried the camera off with a towel when I got home.

So some nice light where we live.

Barn and rainbows.