Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Joe Dickinson sent some photographs from a trip to Canada; this is actually the second batch, as I’m pressed for time this morning and can’t prepare the first lot. We’ll see them soon. Joe’s notes are indented:

Here is addendum to my previous contribution.  Emerald lake is a beautiful glacial lake about 25 miles west of Lake Louise in Yoho National Park (in British Columbia, just across the continental divide from Banff).  We watched a mature adult common loon (Gavia immer) in breeding plumage (can’t tell whether male or female) catch a small fish, do a little wing flapping display and then present the fish to a juvenile, presumably its offspring.






And we have three photos of backyard wildlife from Diana MacPherson in Ontario:

Female ruby-throated humming bird (Archilochus colubris) Coming In for Nectar. The lighting makes this photo look weird.

Female ruby-throated humming bird %28Archilochus colubris%29 Coming In for Nectar

Startled American Red Squirrel Clinging to Tree Trunk. I think this is a juvenile. It’s fairly small for a red squirrel and appears not much bigger than the chipmunks!

Startled American Red Squirrel Clining to Tree Trunk

Female ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Resting on Steel Guide Wires Over Nectar Sources. The guide wires hold up my sun sail. Another female chased her repeatedly. I believe these are the same two that have been hanging around. The boys are long gone.

Female ruby-throated humming bird (Archilochus colubris) Resting


  1. Posted September 6, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    That first image looks like a silk screen print. Amazing.

  2. nickswearsky
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I love the sound of Loons when I’m in the north woods.

  3. jrhs
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I love readers’ wildlife photographs! Thank you.

  4. Dominic
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    The woods are full of loons! Fortunately not cream-faced!😉
    Macbeth – The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon! Where got’st thou that goose look?

    My favourite bird, but I have never seen one…😦

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Very good. A couple years ago we rented a summer cabin by a private lake, and the lake hosted a pair of loons. It was wonderful to hear their strange calls coming over the glass smooth lake in the morning. They had a teeny weeny chick with them. I wish I had a huge telephoto lens, as I am sure it was totally squee.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      The sound of the loon on a quiet lake is one of the most thrilling sounds in nature. I’ve experienced such an encounter a few times, and squee it is.

  6. Kevin
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    That’s a crazy green-blue water color.

    And nice hummingbird in flight.

  7. Claudia Baker
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Wow, gorgeous photos of loons, lake and backyard wildlife. Kinda makes up for the crazy-Canadian-holy-potato story from yesterday. We’re not All nutters up here. (Though that story was a tad embarrassing!)

  8. Greg Mills
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I love the sound of Loons in the Northwest. Apparently there are Loonies everywhere!

  9. Mark R.
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I love the color or glacial lakes…I think it’s the fine silt, but not sure. The landscape shot is gorgeous.

    We still have some female hummers flitting about. Nice bif. Also a nice shot of the upside-down startled squirrel.

  10. Christopher
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    The female hummingbird on the wire looks pissed! They fight each other at my feeder too, always ready to dive-bomb any other who dares sneak a drink.

    Love the loons, of course. I’ve yet to see or hear one in person. Don’t usually see a pic of them with their wings out either, so that’s a nice touch. Great pics all around.

  11. rickflick
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    These are all gorgeous shots. Thanks folks.

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