Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to the several readers who have sent me photos. Be assured that they’re all in the queue and will eventually appear.  Today I’ll do a potpourri from readers sending just one or a few photos. This one is from reader Bob Felton, who sent a note:

I’m sure this is small-time compared to most of the photos you get, but it’s an attention-getter just outside Raleigh, NC … an albino deer about 20-feet from my back deck at ~ 7:00 PM, 2017-Jul-18 …
Reader Jackie sent a series of photos of an American Robin (Turdus migratorius) bathing:
 A photo from reader Tim Anderson:
This is a Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis), a common and gregarious bird in suburban Australia. It has a melodious warbling song and will keep you company if you feed it (it prefers minced meat).
And another bird, this one from Stephen Barnard:
Here’s a photo I just took of a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) checking me out — one of a pair that rest in a Russian Olive, between mad, erratic bug-catching frenzies over the creek.
Of the eleven gadwall ducks (Anas strepera) in the brood that hatched by Stephen’s creek, eight remain, but they are big now (ducklings grow fast!). But these eight are large enough to resist many predators. Here’s a photo from Monday with the caption “Eight. . .but look how big they are!”

Stephen thinks that the three that have vanished were eaten by a nearby family of minks.

The caption from yesterday’s photo was “Still eight. They’re dabbling around without their mom.”


  1. Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Another terrific cedar waxwing shot Stephen!

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Robbins love the bird bath. I guess eight out of eleven is pretty good, damn minks.

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted July 20, 2017 at 4:44 am | Permalink

      I presume the robbins would be baskin’ after their bath 🙂

  3. darrelle
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    On the albino deer, lucky you!

    I’m a bit jealous of the Robin in the bird bath pics. I recently spent several hours and nearly $100 installing a pretty bird bath with a fountain feature, which included having to install electric for it, hence the long install time. And even though we have birds all over the place I haven’t seen a single bird in it yet! Dirty birds I guess.

    Stephen, that Cedar Waxwing pic is great. Definitely checking you out.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted July 19, 2017 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      His other eye is on one of my d*gs running around under the tree, going nuts as he usually does when I’m using the camera.

  4. Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Very nice. Not sure if the deer is a true albino, but it might be.

  5. DrBrydon
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    A white hart, you should open a pub.

  6. rickflick
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    The Cedar Waxwing is a handsome bird. The color, yellow/tan, is subtle. The black markings and crest give it a lot of dignity.
    Someone mentioned that the color of the tip of the tail feathers is diet dependent. Some orange berries increase the reddish aspect.

  7. gouparchery
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    fun picure

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