Moar wildlife from Idaho

Reader Stephen Barnard continues to send a largesse of gorgeous animal photographs, and I’m chuffed that readers get to see it here first.  The latest includes three species of birds.

First we have two female mallards (Anas platyrhynchos):


And then a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), clearly showing how it got its name:

Red-tailed hawk

Finally, a lovely Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus):



  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Correction: My Idaho birder friends tell me that the duck on the bottom is a female and the one on the top is a male. You can tell by the color of the bills. The males and females look similar in eclipse (non-breeding) plumage. The males will be developing the characteristic Mallard green heads soon. One benefit I’m getting from photography is learning about birds from the experts, especially when I make a mistake. I first thought these were Gadwalls.

    • Pete Moulton
      Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Your Idaho birder fiends are exactly right, Stephen, hen Mallard lower left, drake in upper right. You can tell they’re Mallards and not Gadwalls by their blue (rather than white) secondaries.

      • Pete Moulton
        Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

        Forgot to mention: it’s a beautiful shot, as are they all.

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  3. Lianne Byram
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I’ve really been enjoying Stephen Barnard’s photos. They make me want to visit Idaho. Beautiful!

  4. Posted September 20, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Love the first picture the best

  5. Marella
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous photos.

  6. rainbowwarriorlizzie
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink


  7. Dominic
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    What type of camera & lens is being used Stephen?

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

      The camera is a Canon 5D Mark III. The lens I usually use for wildlife photography is a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM.

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