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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring

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

For the month of July the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge has the theme of seasons. I decided to go with a theme for each season, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo.

 

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A displaying male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Ice on Lake Huron at sunset during the spring thaw. Photographed near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two signs of spring in Cheshire, England, the Orange Tip Butterfly is one of the first butterflies to appear in the spring. This male Orange Tip Butterfly is feeding on Bluebells, another sign of spring.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Distance

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

On reading the prompt I thought of the distances some bird species cover on migration.

That made me think of the Red Knot, one individual ringed in Argentina breeds in the Canadian arctic. It’s officially known as B95, the identification on the orange ring on its leg. It’s nicknamed Moonbird having flown more than the distance to the moon on its migrations.

This is a juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline on autumn migration. It hatched from an egg in the summer and has already travelled from the Canadian arctic and could travel as far as South America on its first migration.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Summer

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which for the month of July has themes of the seasons, the first is Summer.

As the month has a theme I decided to go with a theme for each of the season posts. I decided to go with one bird, one scenic and one flora or fauna subject for each season and to make the three photos as varied as possible.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken while sitting in the water to keep cool in the summer of 1999.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Canada. The 30th photo taken with my then new Olympus E-410 in the summer of 2007.

 

Throwback Thursday: 11th June 2020

Two Common Frogs waiting to catch insects visiting the Thyme flowers in a Hatherton, Cheshire, England garden in the summer of 1988.

 

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Saturday Bird

A Ring-billed Gull on patrol

My Saturday Bird this week is a breeding plumage Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) patrolling the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. It’s flying up and down the shoreline looking for anything edible being washed up on the sand.

Outside the breeding season adult birds have variable amounts of grey in the feathers on the head and neck. Although it’s a North American species some birds regularly wander to Western Europe with a few spending the winters in Britain and Ireland.

 

A Saturday Bird: A Ring-billed Gull on Patrol

 

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Friendly Friday: Summer Traditions

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Summer Traditions.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the traditional Canada Day fireworks. I don’t know where or if there will be fireworks on Canada Day this year so here’s a look back at some from previous years.

As the 1st July fell within the week of this challenge I delayed posting until Canada Day.

 

Friendly Friday: Summer Traditions

Canada Day fireworks in Bluewater Park on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Weekly Prompts: Celebration

Canada Day fireworks on Monument Hill in the village of Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Friendly Friday: Summer Traditions

Canada Day fireworks on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

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WWE #31: Windblown Heron

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31 Photo Challenge.

I started photographing this windblown Great Blue Heron soon after sunrise. This is one of the earlier photos before I started moving slowly closer to the bird. I spent an hour or so moving closer one step at a time.

I was watching the body language of the heron and would stop and turn away from the it if it started fidgeting. Eventually I was close enough to fill the frame with the bird but I rather like the solitude of the heron in the frame in this early photo.

 

WWE #31: Windblown Heron

A windblown Great Blue Heron on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

 

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WWE #28: A Wave at Dawn

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #28 Photo Challenge.

Simply a wave and ripples on the Lake Huron shoreline at dawn photographed at the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario.

Water Water Everywhere #28: A Wave at Dawn