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Cosmic Photo Challenge

A Duck At Dusk

Actually, a few different ducks at dusk.

This is my contribution to Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Dusk prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Dusk

Male Mallard.

Silent Sunday: 9th February 2020

Male Common Pochard.

One Word Sunday: Homophone

Male Northern Pintail.

Being watched at sunset.

Male Common Pochard.

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Month of Squares

Past Squares #5

October Squares: Past Squares

Lines of Snow Geese at Sunset

The birds are flying to roost at dusk during autumn migration. Photographed at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, a staging area for wildfowl on autumn migration. A little known wildlife spectacle.

A look back at some of my personal favorite square photos from previous months of squares. Some were popular, some not so popular at the time.

This was a post in Lines Squares Month and is my day 5 contribution to Becky’s October Squares on the theme of Past Squares.

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Weekly Topics

Greylag Goose

My Saturday Bird this week is a portrait of a Greylag Goose (Anser anser).

This individual was photographed in the mid 1980s when most of the Greylag Geese in the U.K. were feral birds associating with Canada Geese and other wildfowl species. Recent population numbers for the species across Europe show a dramatic increase, possibly due to climate change affecting their migration patterns.

The bird is at “The Mere” on the edge of the town of Ellesmere in Shropshire, England in winter.

Saturday Bird: Greylag Goose
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Photo Challenges

Snow Geese Assemble

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Assemble prompt.

Snow Geese on autumn migration assemble, feed and rest up in Saskatchewan, Canada before continuing on their way south for the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos
Snow Geese flying to roost at sunset in the autumn, Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
One Word Sunday: Spectacle
Snow Geese take off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Month of Squares

January Squares: Up #16

Riding Up on top.

This is my day 16 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Two young Common Merganser riding Up on top of their mothers back.

January Squares: Up #22
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Weekly Topics

Bewick’s Swan

My Saturday Bird this week is the Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus bewickii) and is a follow up to my Saturday Bird last week, the Whooper Swan. They are both winter visitors to the U.K.

As with the Whooper Swan there is some debate as to whether the Bewick’s Swan is a separate species or a subspecies of Tundra Swan.

Bewick’s Swans are smaller and shorter necked than Whooper Swans and have less yellow on the bill. These birds were photographed at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Lancashire, England.

Saturday Bird: Bewick's Swan
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Whooper Swan

This week my Saturday Bird is the Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) another winter visitor to the U.K.

The bird is the Eurasian counterpart of the Trumpeter Swan found in North America. Some authorities consider them the same species.

This bird was photographed at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Lancashire, England. It is wet because it has been dipping it head and neck underwater to feed.

Saturday Bird: Whooper Swan