Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have some snaps by reader Susan Heller, as well as some d*g pictures proffered after popular demand. Susan’s notes are indented:

Here are a couple of photos from the Best Coast; doing a little local natural history. We finally got some RAIN for the first time in months.

Beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve north of San Diego on a rare rainy day:


Fighting Willets (Tringa semipalmata) on the beach (one has the other’s leg in its beak!)


Lovely Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa):


Marbled Godwit digging for lunch:


They can really get that beak deep into the sand!


All that hard work deserves a good stretch.


And yesterday reader Eli, in the Readers’ Wildlife Photography comments section, made this plea:

As always, gorgeous pictures. Thanks. But, um, at the risk of d*g shaming, could we have a picture of Deets, soon? I love Hili and all the other cats but I adore d*gs, too, and especially border collies and especially Deets.

Well, here at WEIT we aim to please, so, even though it’s a d*g, it’s also an honorary cat, and here are two photos of Deets furnished by Stephen Barnard in response to Eli’s request:

1. Deets is being chased by a moose.


2. Deets excited and pleased to help me release some pheasants.



  1. Ken Pidcock
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve never seen willets look so fit!

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted September 22, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      And the godwit is practicing tai chi!

      • Larry
        Posted September 24, 2016 at 4:04 am | Permalink

        Exactly what I was thinking when I saw it.

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I would be terrified of Deets getting hurt by a moose. But the instinct to herd must be strong in him.

  3. darrelle
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Good thing Deets is quick on his feets. I guess moose don’t like to be herded.

  4. rickflick
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    The Godwit stretching is nice. She seems to be very pleased with her performance.

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Great to see Deets after so long…

  6. Eli
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Stephen Barnard and Professor Ceiling Cat. Deets is a very fine beast.

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