Category Archives: photography

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 […]

Monday: Dobrzyn

Sadly, this is the last report from my trip to Dobrzyn, as I take the afternoon train to Warsaw. We leave in 15 minutes for the station. A typical day begins with me exiting my room at about 7:30 a.m. By that time, Andrzej and Malgorzata have already risen, showered, eaten breakfast, and are hard […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today’s post I’ll call “Pinker’s Birds.” Steve sent us a bunch of photos from his recent trip to Uganda, but the bulk of them were animals with feathers. To reduce the disparity among taxa (there were also herps, grazing mammals, and primates), I’m posting a few of his bird photos today. Alcedo cristata (malachite kingfisher): Haliaeetus […]

Dobrzyn: Sunday

Tomorrow afternoon it’s a sad farewell to the quiet village of Dobrzyn and my human and other mammalian friends. The post-Albatross vacation is nearly at an end, and who knows what criticism awaits me on my return? But, for the nonce, I’m enjoying my final days. Here are some photos from yesterday, and I’ll tender […]

Saturday: Dobrzyn

The “heat wave” in Poland seems to have subsided for a while, as it’s cooler and often overcast. Yesterday we ran out of noms, and so made a trip to the local market, a small shop run by a family, and to the big grocery store on the town square. In the little store there’s a […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Stephen Barnard has sent us a rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), with a note: The most aggressive hummingbird in North America. They dominate the black-chinned and the broad-tailed. This looks to me like a male. The Audubon site backs up Stephen’s claim about the bird’s pugnacity: The feistiest hummingbird in North America. The brilliant orange male […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

From Stephen Barnard in Idaho, Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in velvet (the covering of their horns). The “velvet” is skin that protects and nourishes the cartilage that is the foundation material for the antler. Later, the cartilage turns into bone, and, when the bone dies, the velvet is shed, leaving the mature antler which is […]

Dobrzyn: Thursday

Today was quiet and cooler, and the Princess came in after a night on the tiles. I noticed (after all this time) that her nose is two colors: pink and brick red (with a lining of black on one side). I’m sure you’re keen to see a picture of a cat nose: Cyrus is still […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ed Kroc sent a passel of photos from Vancouver Island: I was recently lucky enough to take a short trip to northern Vancouver Island with my partner to see some sights and creatures on the edge of the continent.  Here’s a few pictures I thought you might enjoy. First up is a beautiful Lorquin’s […]


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