Today we catch up with the contributions of Stephen Barnard from Idaho.
Mimetic fly? It’s pretty scary looking and wasp-size, but I’m not aware of an actual wasp that looks much like this. It almost looks generically mimetic, like it’s covering all the waspy characteristics without any one species in mind.
Stephen then found the correct ID:
On closer examination, it looks like it has four wings, although it’s not very clear at first glance. So it’s a wasp. I did a little googling and found the ID: Ammophila thread-waisted wasp.
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata). Yes, snipe actually exist. I was using my little waterproof fishing camera that doesn’t have much of a zoom. I’ve noticed that when you’re in a float tube birds let you get much closer, but every time a go out with a good camera instead of a fishing rod the fish are feeding, so I don’t do it any more.
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis), wet from a bath in the wheel line, a little suspicious of me.
For some reason I lost the ID on this bird, but either Stephen or the readers will surely identify it:
Immature female Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri). These birds are getting tame. I shot this with a 100mm macro lens (a very sharp lens). I normally use a 500mm.
As a bonus, I see this cow and calf moose [Alces alces] nearly every morning. The little guy is growing fast.