Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Michael Glenister sends snapshots of a family trip in Western Canada. His notes are indented:
Young emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) at the kangaroo farm [JAC: their odd color pattern, so different from the adults, is presumed to camouflage them, but of course we don’t know for sure.]
Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) hiding at the Calgary Zoo:
Ground squirrel at Drumheller (near the Royal Tyrell Museum):
An elk (Cervus canadensis) near Jasper:
A squirrel near our campsite in Jasper:


  1. rickflick
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Delightful critters. When I see shots like this, the road beckons.

  2. Kevin
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I like the juxtaposition of the human legs with emu legs. It makes our hairless ape bodies seem so unnecessarily bulky. That being said I am still evolutionarily determined to be more attracted to the human legs.

    And look at the size of those elk antlers!

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Very nice pictures. The elk reminds me of encounters with these beasts when I lived for a time in Arizona.

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I love Drumheller’s cute ground squirrels who always ask for food.

  5. Posted September 5, 2016 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    The striped appearance of young emus reminds me of young wild pigs. But they live in very different habitats.

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