Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ve two sets of photos today, and again of birds. The first comes from regular contributor Stephen Barnard, who is now off to New Zealand for some fishing. I’ve importuned him to send us photos from his trip; the ones below were taken on his ranch in Idaho:

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus):


 Trumpeter Swans — adult and juvenile (Cygnus buccinator):


House Finch (2 photos) (Haemorhous mexicanus):


Gadwall (Anas strepera):

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus):

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus):

And reader Tim Anderson sent some photos from Oz:

These little jewels are common throughout southeastern Australia: male and female Superb Fairy Wrens (Malurus cyaneus) hunting insects and spiders after rain in Tumut, NSW.




  1. Posted January 10, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Oxtapus *blueAction.

  2. Posted January 10, 2015 at 8:48 am | Permalink


  3. Posted January 10, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    This makes a nice sequence, ending with mama Superb Fairy Wren grabbing a spider for tea.

  4. GBJames
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Simply lovely.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    That poor spider! Nommed by a tiny T. rex!

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink


  7. Posted January 10, 2015 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    You’re playing around with background and bokeh, it seems, Stephen. Very effective use in both the harrier and finch shots! Well worth further development in that direction.


  8. Diane G.
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Stephen, that looks like an awful lot of yellow on the bill for a US Tundra! Is that typical for your area?

    I love fairy wrens! As cute as their name.

  9. Diane G.
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    & sub

  10. Posted January 12, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Beautiful, thank you!

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