My Throwback Thursday post this week is a young Eurasian Blue Tit leaving the nestbox.
I documented the complete nesting cycle using a specially constructed nestbox in spring 1987. 10 of the 11 young leave the nestbox in the early morning. The 11th youngster left the nestbox early the next morning.
The ninth youngster leaving the nestbox, only two left.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female prompt.
Male and female American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. The foreground bird with the straighter bill is the male.
A male Eurasian Blue Tit feeding the female during incubation. Photographed using a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Female and male Wilson’s Phalarope on Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The more colourful bird in the foreground is the female. In the Phalarope family of birds the males incubate the eggs and as a result have more subdued plumage for camouflage.
Male and female Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which this week has Cee Neuner as a guest host. Cee has given us the prompt One Single Flower.
I quickly decided to keep things simple and go with a small selection of favourite flowers and photos.
This is a Corncockle flower. Once a common weed in wheat fields it is now uncommon through modern farming practices. It is grown in some cottage gardens. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
This is a Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan. This specimen was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. No longer as common on the prairies as it once was.
A Coneflower photographed a few years ago using my Vivitar 35mm lens from the 1970s on a modern digital camera. The interesting background is probably what started me experimenting with various lenses adapted to mirrorless cameras.