Category Archives: photography

What are they?

Hint: they’re all from nature. The first two are pretty easy, the other two harder.

Readers’ wildlife photos

As you may know, Steve Pinker has recently gone to Tasmania, and of course took his digital SLR equipment with him. Here are a few snaps from his travels; you can find the whole collection here. First things first: Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii: Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus (young): Blue-tongued skink, Tiliqua nigrolutea: Masked lapwing, Vanellus miles: Tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides: […]

Chicago: evening

These were taken yesterday evening:        

Readers’ wildlife photos

Well, I guess this has become a regular feature, though I didn’t plan it that way. I’m not sure that I’ll receive sufficient good photos to sustain this on a daily basis, but we’ll see. Remember, if you have critter or plant photos, please send me high-quality ones, and, as always, I make no promises […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a diverse selection of both critters and contributors: First, a hymenopteran from reader Ant: What I’ve tentatively identified as a mammoth wasp (Megascolia (Regiscolia) maculataflavifrons also Scolia flavifrons). This specimen was about 4 cm long.[JAC: 2.54 cm/inch, so about 1.6 inches!] and quite docile, but one of our party got quite a shock when she saw what […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

John Chardine sent some lovely pictures of Semipalmated Sandpipers, and even some scientific references! Here are his notes: One of the most spectacular yet little known wildlife spectacles in North America is the massing of 100,000s of the NA endemic Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) on the shores of the upper Bay of Fundy in the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have a backlog of readers’ photos, so other people who have sent in photos are in the queue. And there are some good ones to come. Reader Diana MacPherson sent a blue jay, and, as always, speculated about the animal’s mood: This cute, fluffy fellow (Cyanocitta cristata) stopped by, only to be disappointed that the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos!)

Rumble at the feeder! One thing I’ve learned from Stephen Barnard and other readers is that hummingbirds, however cute, are tough little bastards, constantly fighting each other over access to territory, food, and females. But somehow that makes them even cuter. Stephen, who’s been watching and photographing a lot of hummingbirds lately, has now taken […]

Wikimedia rules that monkey, not photographer, owns media rights to a primate selfie

Who owns the rights to a selfie snapped by a monkey? The monkey who unwittingly pressed the shutter button? Or the photographer who set it up owns the camera, and financed the trip to the monkey’s home? I would have thought the latter: how can a monkey (especially a wild one) own rights, or benefit from […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Two readers sent photos today. First, Stephen Barnard from Idaho sent two photos of rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) with his captions: 1. “YOU want a piece of ME?” This is the attitude that a female Rufous will take, defending a feeder, hovering or perching, until exhaustion. That’s one pugnacious bird! 2. “Aaaahhhh! Bee!!!” Imagine being stung by […]


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