Readers’ wildlife photographs

I have a folder of science papers to write about, but I have to read them first; this is in the near future. There’s a marvelous new paper on the famous “peppered moth” story of evolution via natural selection, but unfortunately the margins of this post are too small to contain my analysis. Stay tuned.

We’ll have a short “readers’ wildlife” today as I have fun to have, but, as usual Stephen Barnard has sent photos (and a video!) that serve nicely.

Norther Harrier (Circus cyaneus) harassing a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):

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Baby Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus). Pretty cute:

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Western Wood Pewee (Contopus sordidulus):

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Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana):

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Stephen’s video is simply called “Greedy chick.” Those eaglets are getting huge!

10 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Well done Stephen. What charming neighbors you have there in Idaho.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Some great photos.

    I see lots of blackbirds and red wings attacking larger birds, not only eagles, buzzards, and Herons. It’s as if they don’t understand size?

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Northern Harriers are more nimble in flight than Bald Eagles. They have little fear when harassing eagles. I frequently see eagles chasing ravens from the nest, then I see the ravens chasing the eagles.

  3. GBJames
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    As always… great work.

  4. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    “There’s a marvelous new paper on the famous “peppered moth” story of evolution via natural selection”

    Jumping Gene-iny! I can barely wait (but fortunately the weather here is excellent so I’ll make do).

  5. Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Wow! So cute….

  6. Marilee Lovit
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I love the baby killdeer!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    The sounds in the background of your video make it seem like you live in a jungle.

    Amazing how big those chicks are…they don’t look much like chicks anymore.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted June 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      That’s typical of the birdsong in the morning.

      Their growth rate is remarkable. I first saw them on April 10 when they looked about the size of baby ducklings.

  8. Stackpole
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Is the baby Killdeer Jewish? He looks to be wearing a yarmulke.


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