Readers’ wildlife photos

Here are some photos taken by reader James Blilie’s 12-year-old son Jamie, using a Canon Powershot SX530 HX camera. All were photographed in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  James’s captions are indented, but young Jamie gets the photo credits.

A nest of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica), including the nestlings gaping at the approach of Mom or Dad: 



American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis): 


House wren (Troglodytes aedon): 


Green heron (Butorides virescens), showing its long neck extended.We usually have at least one pair nest in the trees around our pond every summer.
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) on a suet bag:
A rare sight here in our area:  A Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes):
And ospreys (Pandion haliaetus). We have these nesting on a light standard with a nesting platform on top every summer in the park directly across the pond behind our house.  These are taken of one of the ospreys perched in an Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) in the park.  We frequently see them fly just above our house with fish (or once a flicker) gripped in their talons.  We have seen them take fish from our pond directly behind our house.  Quite a sight!

From Chetiya Sahabandu, we get two photos of Toque Macaques (Macaca sinica) taken in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, where the species is endemic.




  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Good job, Jamie.

  2. Monika
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Nicely done, Jamie. You have the patience of a photographer and the results are great!

    Uh, Jerry? Tagged as academics behaving badly?

    That macaque has Trump hair!

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      Of course this also means that Trump has macaque hair, which is a very good thing.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Very good! I especially smiled over the young swallows, hollering for their supper. I can practically hear them.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      I love that one too! Great job Jamie.

  4. Mark Shields
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Nice photos, young man! However, the shorebird is a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), not a Lesser Yellowlegs. Note the distinct white eye ring and greenish legs.

    • Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      I will double check — you are probably correct. Jamie looked at both. There are so many sandpiper-like birds in that area of field marks …

    • Posted September 8, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Yes, I think so, the eye-ring is the real distinguishing field mark. (The only one I really see! Lots of luck telling yellowish from greenish!) 🙂

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Great photos all!

  6. flemur13013
    Posted September 8, 2016 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Great pictures!

    We have two swallow nests on a overhang, but apparently a single sparrow has chased away the swallows and taken over both nests.

  7. darrelle
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Very nice pics Jamie! I particularly like the Goldfinch.

  8. Cruzrad
    Posted September 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos, Jamie!

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