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.
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.
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.
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.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in May 1987.
Having documented the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit it’s now almost time for the young to be leaving the nestbox. It’s getting increasingly cramped and difficult for the adults to find somewhere to stand when feeding the young.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the early 1990s. The reason for picking this Thursday’s subject was my recent contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
I was photographing garden birds using a shed as a hide (blind). One of the species I photographed was the Western Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula) that nested in the chimneys of local houses. Except that when the photo was taken they were simply called Jackdaw and the scientific name for them was Corvus monedula.
I know that I have written previously about scientific research causing species to be reclassified. In this case both the common English name and the scientific name have been changed.
The photo was later used in a field guide to European garden wildlife.
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.