Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Colin Franks, whose photography website is here and Facebook page here, sent one of his infrequent but beautiful batches of photos. He promises more soon. The identifications are his:

Female Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

Male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

[JAC: These next two are especially adorable!]

Baby Wood Duck (Aix sponsa):

Baby Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos):

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus):

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus):

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana):

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis):

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys):

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii):



  1. Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks. Gorgeous.

  2. Posted July 26, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Lovely stuff Colin! Thanks for sharing these.

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Those are all great pics, thanks!

  4. Karen Bartelt
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Sweet, just sweet.

  5. moleatthecounter
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    These are wonderful, many thanks indeed for sharing!

  6. Posted July 26, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing.

  7. eheffa
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Fantastic images Colin!

    These provide a rare intimate close-in view of these lovely creatures.

  8. rickflick
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Great birds! This is why I returned to birding after years away. They are just so fun to see.

  9. ploubere
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Great bird photos, it must have taken a lot of patience to get them.

    • Lurker111
      Posted July 27, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Indeed! And not just a few mosquito bites, as well.

      Q: I may have asked this here before, but nevertheless: Have there ever been any reports of avocets with the beak bend in the opposite direction? I would imagine the chirality is dependent on just one gene, perhaps even just one SNP of one gene. I would expect occasional mutations.

      • ploubere
        Posted July 27, 2017 at 10:38 am | Permalink

        Given enough iterations, undoubtedly every variation shows up once in a while, including straight, and curved in different ways. There must be an advantage to the upward curve.

  10. claudia baker
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful!

  11. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful, as always.

  12. Mark R.
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, Mr. (Dr.?) Franks’ photos are a special treat. Thanks for these beautiful examples.

  13. Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    You, Mr. Colin Franks, are a genius behind the lens! Thanks!

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