Readers’ wildlife photos and video

Reader Jim Blilie from Minnesota sent in some photos taken by his son Jamie, our youngest contributor. The notes are indented:

Here are some more photos from my son, Jamie, age 13.  Shot with his Canon Powershot SX530 HS camera. All are shot within feet of our house, most are shot from the back deck.
First, a video of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) calling and displaying in the wetland across the street from our house:

Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis):

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) male and female:

A tom turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) displaying (shot from a car!):

And an American robin (Turdus migratorius):

And a photo for our own Matthew from Stephen Barnard in Idaho:

Photo for Matthew Cobb. I think you said the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is his favorite bird.


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    13 you say. I quit.

    • Posted May 29, 2017 at 9:56 am | Permalink


    • Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      He’s been around semi-serious photographers his entire life. I bought him cameras as soon as I thought he wouldn’t break them (wrong!) and he’s been at it for 7+ years already. (Can’t remember the camera body count.)

      He loves shows like Planet Earth, Blue Planet, etc. and tries to emulate them. And he has time and motivation to get “out there”.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted May 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

        Good to hear. You never know how it will work out but this one seems to. I was around flyers and flying when I was kid. Both my dad and his dad were pilots and I tried it when I was young but it never stuck.

  2. zytigon
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Excellent photos.
    Which came first, the need for eggs to be turned during incubation or the habit of birds to turn their eggs ? Do all bird species turn their eggs ? While trying to google this question I have come across that turtle eggs do best when not turned and snake eggs become attached to each other in a cluster which prevents turning.

    I found an interesting article on Nature dot com, “Myth busting? Effects of embryo positioning and egg turning on hatching success in the water snake Natrix maur”
    by Fabien Aubret which said the snake eggs could hatch ok even when turned but survival after hatching was better if unturned.

  3. Posted May 29, 2017 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    The photo of the robin is very nice. Well done.

  4. rickflick
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    All fine images.

  5. Karen Bartelt
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Permalink


  6. Michael Fisher
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I like the ‘showy’ northern cardinals Jamie – nothing like it in the UK except human, ’70s punks!

    The top pic of one: is it missing a right leg?

    • Posted May 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      She’s hanging onto the wire grid with her L leg.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted May 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

        @jblilie Yes, I assumed it’s her L leg we can see… so where is the R leg [which should be nearer the camera]?

  7. Posted May 30, 2017 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Very nice shooting all round thanks.
    Thought the red wing blackbird was a great shot.

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