Readers’ wildlife photos

Once again I implore you to send me your photos—unless you want this feature to die a miserable death. Thanks!  Today we have lovely photos from our regularest regular, the estimable Stephen Barnard from Idaho. His notes are indented:

Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus):

Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) with a juvenile:

These enormous dragonflies (species unknown) flew into my house coupled in passion. They were noisy! I picked them up and and took them outside, where they flew off.




  1. Posted August 14, 2017 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Ah! The trouble is, looking at the quality of images such as this makes the rest of us with not such good – er – ‘equipment’ – feel inadequate!

  2. davidintoronto
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I like the smooth look of the waxwings.

    Also – “abjure vs. adjure” typo.

  3. Alan J
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    The dragonflies appear to be Lance-tipped Darner – Aeshna constricta. (my guess)

    • Posted August 14, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      That seems reasonable. Darners like these are hard for me, especially since they will not likely be seen in my area. I was going to suggest the paddle-tailed darner, Aeshna palmata.

  4. Posted August 14, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    All very good, as always.

    I have been traveling, and can’t assemble a batch of pix. I will be back in the saddle soon, however.

  5. Craw
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Abjure is to renounce.

  6. Greg Mills
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Just amazing. Thank you.

  7. cruzrad
    Posted August 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Stunning pics, as always. Thanks!

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