Unexpected Beauty.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Unexpected Beauty.

I had a few ideas for the challenge, at one point I was considering a portrait of a Horsefly that I had used for a different photo challenge earlier in the week.

In the end I went with a winter weather photo taken in early spring. A couple of weeks earlier there had been a covering of snow on the ice. After some thawing the snow had melted and the ice had started breaking up before it all froze over again.

Ice on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.

Frozen Colpoy's Bay.

Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

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

This is a rather smart male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius). I say smart because the bird has new, clean plumage for the spring. By the time he has found a mate and excavated a nest hole in a tree he will be rather scruffy.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male).

Old and New.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Old and New.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my nestbox shots of adults feeding young.

This shot is quite a rare event with two adults in the nestbox together, normally there’s only a single adult in the nestbox once they’re feeding young. Taken using a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.

Two adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding recently hatched young.

Eurasian Blue Tit nesting story

Monochrome Spring Sunrise.

A monochrome conversion of a sunrise from this time last year as I still have a minimum of three weeks left in rehab recovering from the fall I had in March. I’m hoping to be walking and getting out with a camera by the end of May.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Incubation.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the spring of 1987.

I was documenting the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits.

The eggs are laid and the female has started incubation. In this photo the male is feeding the female while she incubates the eggs. The female will leave the nest a few times each day.

Feeding during incubation.