Birds from Barnard

No, not the college, but reader Stephen Barnard, who lives in Idaho and regularly furnishes photos. Here are two: a northern harrier (Circus cyaneus) and some mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) landing in the fog. Click to enlarge:

Northern harrier



  1. Dominic
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Love the ducks!

    • Jesper Both Pedersen
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Seconded. A new screensaver for the ‘ol computer…

      • Stephen Barnard
        Posted November 1, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink

        I can send you a full resolution version if you like.

  2. lanceleuven
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Wow!I love the peic harrier shot. Although the duck one is pretty beautiful too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. JBlilie
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Nice ones Stephen. Idaho — Lucky you! (Well, except for the prevailing politics — no place is perfect!)

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      Idaho state-wide politics is generally a one-party disgrace. My county, Blaine, is the only progressive one in the state. We’re also the richest and the best educated. 🙂

      • JBlilie
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

        What about Ada County (1/A) though? Oh yeah, those Mormons …. 🙂

        Holy crap, you’re within spitting distance of both Borah Peak and Crates of the Moon NP.

        Hailey is the largest city in the County with only 8000 people. Wow.

        • Stephen Barnard
          Posted November 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

          Craters of the Moon is a National Monument, but close enough. It’s a strange place.

  4. Hempenstein
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    That’s a really cool shot of those ducks, with what I suppose are all three basic wing configurations, and particularly cool that you got it with only three ducks in the shot.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      That’s an incisive comment. I take lots of photos of birds on the wing, and you’re right. Each bird has a canonical wing pose, but there are other poses not represented in that shot. A largish bird like a duck or, more dramatically, a goose or a swan has a complex poetry of motion when it’s spooked to take off from water. Mallards explode. Larger waterfowl use their legs and literally run across the surface to get lift. The photo is a little on the artsy side for me. I’m more interested in stop-action realism.

  5. rainbowwarriorlizzie
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink


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