Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Twist

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Twist prompt.

I had a few ideas for the prompt and even edited photos of two species of snakes before heading off in a different direction.

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit twists to feed the young while the young twist to try to get the food. The young are almost fully grown at this stage meaning that the adults often cling to the entrance hole to feed them.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist
Squares Challenge

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
Squares Challenge

Eleven Of A Kind

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

Eleven Eurasian Blue Tit in a nestbox. Technically there was eleven young plus the adult but only 10 young are in view.

Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.
Squares Challenge

Seven Of A Kind

Seven young Great Tits in a nestbox in southern Cheshire.

This is my day 7 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Seven of a Kind

Negative Space

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space prompt.

The prompt started me thinking about some of the photos of plants and flowers I have taken using various fast portrait lenses this summer.

That started me thinking about my use of negative space in some of my bird photography.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space
Portrait of a Coneflower.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space
A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Wordless Wednesday: 12th August 2020
Wild Carrot flowers.
One Word Sunday: Inspiration
Female Red-winged Blackbird in a Saskatchewan marsh.
Saturday Bird

A young Eurasian Blue Tit

My Saturday Bird this week is a young Eurasian Blue Tit.

The photo raises a couple of interesting points. The yellow plumage shows it is a young bird hatched from an egg in the spring. It has only been out of the nest for a couple of months. The bird has a ring on its leg which means that it was probably ringed while in the nest.

I did some research and the closest location I could find for the bird to be ringed was three miles away in a straight line. That means that this bird has already travelled a considerable distance in the short time since it left the nest.

The other interesting point is the birds activity. It’s pecking open an Oriental Poppy seed pod to get at the seeds inside. I had seen and photographed adult birds doing this previously but not young birds. So did this bird learn how to do this by watching an adult or is it instinctive behaviour?

Throwback Thursday

Female Common Merganser with young

This week Throwback Thursday is traveling back 13 years to August 2007.

This is a female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. This was a very late brood, the young wouldn’t have long to grow and prepare to head south for the winter.


Throwback Thursday: Female Common Merganser with young