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A plant covered Little Grebe

Throwback Thursday travels back to the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch in Shropshire in the 1980s.

This is a Little Grebe (also known as a Dabchick although that common English name seems to be uncommon these days) in breeding plumage. It has just surfaced after diving for food and its back is covered with various water plants.

 

Throwback Thursday: 9th July 2020

 

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Ruby-tailed Wasp

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the late 1980s.

This is a Ruby-tailed Wasp, a species of cuckoo wasps. Cuckoo wasps are named because they lay their eggs in the nests of other wasp species.

Throwback Thursday: Ruby-tailed Wasp

 

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Bickerton Hill Autumn Colours

Throwback Thursday travels back to Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

I was looking down from the top of the hill, isolating interesting patches of colour with a telephoto lens.

Throwback Thursday: 24th October 2019

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Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Throwback Thursday travels back 12 years and a few days to the fourth outing for my Olympus E-410.

I went down to The Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario. There’s not much of the dock left and I suspect many people walk along the shoreline without realising that there was a dock there many years ago. The photo is looking north towards the flagpole at the bottom of High Street with the flag visible just above the horizon.

Lake Huron shoreline looking north from The Long Dock.

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Willet walking around a slough.

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

This was going to be a contribution to the July Squares: Blue photo challenge but I ran out of days before running out of blue squares.

I photographed this Willet as it walked on the detritus around the edge of a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken from a pickup truck window while resting the lens on a bean bag on the window frame.

Willet walking around a slough.

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Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the summer of 1995.

I had found the nest of a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the middle of a group of large trees. Because of the surrounding trees there was only a few brief periods each day when the sun illuminated the tree trunk and nest hole.

Both the male and female were busily feeding the young in the nest. This meant that the adults would land at the nest hole and check that the other bird wasn’t about to exit before they entered. There is a photo of a bird exiting while the other waits here.

Here, the male is making sure that the female isn’t in the nest before entering.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker male.

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Steam Traction Engine Detail.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

I had gone to the Cheshire Steam Rally early on Sunday morning. I was one of only a few people there early which meant good access to the machinery on display. I could isolate details and photograph the exhibitors polishing their machines and lighting the fire box.

This is part of the mechanism of one of the steam traction engines, the ornate paint and polished brass caught my eye.

Detail of a steam traction engine.