Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots.

I ran through a list of locations in my head and one location quickly made it to the top of the list. Last Mountain Lake, also known as Long Lake is a prairie lake in south central Saskatchewan, Canada. The northern end of the lake is a National Wildlife Area which includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

I thought I would put a post together covering a 12 month period.

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird displays to attract a female in the spring.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

An American White Pelican in the summer. The keel on the bill means it’s a breeding adult.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight in the autumn. The lake is a stopover location for the species on their way south for the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display

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

I decided to take a sideways look at the challenge and go with a selection of birds on display to attract a mate or displaying to a potential mate.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A displaying male Yellow-headedBlackbird.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

 

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female. The bubbles in the water in front of the male are from him forcing the air out of his chest feathers by striking his chest with his bill which is part of the courtship display.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

 

A displaying male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Black

A selection of bird species with Black in their common English names for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Black.

A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Twisting and turning.

A female Blackcap feeding on a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England. Female Blackcaps have brown caps.

Wintering female Blackcap.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

A male Common Blackbird eating a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England.

Male Eurasian Blackbird.

A male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Ontario, Canada.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming its territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear

A selection of birds photographed from the rear. My contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear.

A resting male Common Pochard from the rear. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

A male Purple Finch from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

A sunbathing Dunnock from the rear. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

A young Pine Siskin from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Juvenile Pine Siskin.

A Fieldfare from the rear. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.

Wintering Fieldfare in an orchard.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird from the rear. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird surveying his territory.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying to attract a female near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

Old commercial vehicle display, Queens Park, Crewe, Cheshire, England.

Old commercial vehicle display.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in the spring, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

Canada Day firework display, Wiarton, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

Some Spring Arrivals.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Beauty of Spring.

One thing I always look forward to each spring is the arrival of the variousĀ  bird species that head north to breed in the summer.

So here’s a selection of recently arrived summer migrants from the U.K. and Canada.

First, a Sedge Warbler photographed at Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. One of many warbler species that arrive in the U.K. in the spring.

Summer migrant Sedge Warbler.

Next a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Saskatchewan, Canada proclaiming his territory having recently arrived for the summer.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Finally, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak recently arrived in Ontario, Canada for the summer.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.