We have some diverse photos today, but the tank is running a little low, so please send your good wildlife photos.
First, a bittersweet wildlife story (and lovely photo) from reader Sylvain Duford:
This Red-legged Honeycreeper [Cyanerpes cyaneus] was flying around with his all-green female and they both hit a window pane. Unfortunately the female died half-hour later but this male was stunned and unable to fly for about 15 minutes but eventually he flew away. He rested on a nearby tree branch for about two hours waiting for his mate.I had to protect them from the cat and it was a very humbling experience to hold this tiny and delicate but beautiful animal in my hand. Caressing his back gently seemed to calm him down as he was obviously very stressed. I hope the little guy is OK now.I live in Panama where we have close to a thousand bird species, but I had actually never seen this one.
Here are four snaps from from Phil Finnimore, who lives in Singapore, where I’ll be in late October/early November:
Pacific koel, Eudynamys orientalis. Often called rain bird or storm bird. These are more often heard than seen, and this one is female, and sighted even less often. Taken in the back garden of my house in Ocean Shores, NSW.
Red-necked pademelon, Thylogale thetis. Taken at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland.
Whiptail wallaby. Also called Pretty-faced wallaby, Macropus parryi. Near O’Reilly’s Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland. QLD.
This was my first sighting of the eastern milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum). Apparently a common species which has avoided me for a very long time. I photographed it as it passed through my driveway. It is quite striking in pattern – spots, almost rings; and color – tan, black and reddish brown.
I was confused looking for info, since its cousin the western milk snake (Lampropeltis gentilis) has some striking differences. While it is harmless, it has rings rather than spots and resembles the very poisonous coral snake. You’ve probably heard, “Red touches yellow, kills a fellow. Red touches black, friend of Jack”. That’s what I’d call a strained bit of rhyme since most people are not Jack. Anyway, the rings must be mimicry, intended to keep hands off.
Here’s a video clip (30 sec) I shot with a Panasonic GH3: