Category Archives: photography

Delhi: a few holiday snaps

A quick post with food and stuff. Today’s vegetarian lunch: rice, chappatis, stewed turnip, a mysterious but tasty green vegetable, dal (lentils), shrimp cooked with vegetables, potatoes, mango juice (specially for me!), and, by my plate at upper left, Mr. Das’s canned rasgullah, which he wanted my opinion on. (Remember that his grandfather was the first […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

. . . and I use the term loosely. But, as Maru says, I do my best, and this is the best I can do when I’m jet-lagged. Reader George sends a photo of urban wildlife: Here’s a photo of my cats watching a squirrel eat a slice of apple.

Readers’ wildlife photos

This will probably be the last batch of readers’ wildlife photos for a while, though I’m bringing my file with me to India. Reader John Harshman, a birdophile (is there a word for that?), submits some photos of our feathered friends from Australia (as well as one mammal).  A brown booby (Sula leucogaster) on Michaelmas Cay […]


Owls are, of course, Honorary Cats™, being the most feline of all birds. Several days ago, Bored Panda published a collection of 74 nice owl pictures. I’ll show just a half dozen of my favorites, but the site has 68 more. If you’re an owlophile (I’m sure there’s a technical name for this), go see. Look at this little […]

Reader’s wildlife photos, bonus edition: Spot the deadly viper

I’m back, and found these nice photos waiting from reader Lou Jost, a biologist who works in Ecuador (and who discovered the world’s smallest orchid). Recently Lou came across something not as harmless. . . I just came back from a trip to our Rio Zunac Reserve, and walked right past this pit viper on the side […]

Readers’ wildlife photograph

I’m off for my last visit to the dentist this a.m., and since my readers’ wildlife photos are in an e-file at work, I have only one today that, fortuitously, reader Stephen “D*g-Lover” Barnard from Idaho sent last night. It is a great photo of a Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and I haven’t the slightest idea […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Hennessy sent some nice macro photos of plants and butterflies. No IDs were provided, so if you can identify either the plants or the lepidopterans, please do so below. . . . Since my oldest daughter lives in Chicago, I get the chance to visit occasionally. (I live near Richmond, VA)  I try to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

First, two photos of bald eagles—named Desi and Lucy—from Stephen Barnard of Idaho. The second one came with a caption. Stephen’s caption for the photo below: “I dunno. What do you wanna do?” (ref. Disney’s Jungle Book vultures) Jacques Hausser, a biologist in Switzerland, sends flies (yay)! I send you four batches of hoverfly pictures (in […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ed Kroc has sent some photos from Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as explanatory notes: I wanted to pass along another set of photos, this time from Stanley Park. These guys are all common sights year round, but still great to observe. Enjoy! The stylish, the striking, the flamboyant Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus). First […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Stephen Barnard is monitoring the bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and swans on his ranch in Idaho. The first photo is of Lucy, one of the breeding pair here. Her mate, Desi, was nearby and they were calling to each other incessantly The next two photos are of an immature Bald Eagle, an interloper. It may […]


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