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Weekly Photo Challenge

Looking to the sky

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.

Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid
A Raccoon.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A male American Goldfinch.
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spring.

For the month of July the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge has the theme of seasons. I decided to go with a theme for each season, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo.

 

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A displaying male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Panoramic Views

Ice on Lake Huron at sunset during the spring thaw. Photographed near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two signs of spring in Cheshire, England, the Orange Tip Butterfly is one of the first butterflies to appear in the spring. This male Orange Tip Butterfly is feeding on Bluebells, another sign of spring.

 

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Saturday Bird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Welcome to the first in what will probably be a regular feature, Saturday Bird.

This is a male Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) photographed in central Saskatchewan, Canada in the summer. Their breeding habitat is Cattail marshes where they nest in colonies, often sharing the habitat with Red-winged Blackbirds.

It is one of the New World blackbirds and is not related to the Eurasian Blackbird.

 

Saturday Bird: Yellow-headed Blackbird

 

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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC: Sense of Hearing

My idea for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing quickly came to mind. Waking up in the spring to various birds singing and calling to proclaim their territories made it an obvious choice.

In the spring the males of lots of bird species are proclaiming their territories by singing and calling. As much as humans may enjoy hearing some of these songs they’re doing it to let rival males know they’re claiming the area as their territory and to attract a female.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A European Robin proclaims the area as his territory, Faddiley, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A Tree Pipit singing from the top of a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

One Word Sunday: Inspiration

A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.

 

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Monthly Squares

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

This is my day seven contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

After posting autumn tree tops for the challenge yesterday I considered a sequence of tree squares but thought that may get repetitive. As I have a few bird squares for April and not having posted a bird species yet I thought it was time for a bird.

 

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing from the top of a Cattail to proclaim his territory having recently arrived in Saskatchewan for the summer.

 

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020

Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.

When I read the prompt I thought of wide angle landscapes that take in a spread of view wider than the human eye can see without moving. I had actually started editing photos for the post before thinking of birds with spread wings.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Spreading its wings. A Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England and the photo I thought of that caused me to rewrite this post.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Spread

Two pairs of spread wings. Two American White Pelicans gliding between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Black-capped Chickadee for Six Word Saturday.

Wings spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Tail spread, trying to impress a female in the spring. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.