Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to the many readers who answered my call for photos. Today we’re featuring the lovely bird photography of reader Colin Franks (photography website here, Facebook page here, and Instagram page here)

Common Loon (Gavia immer) [JAC: I love this photo with the water drop.]

American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus):

Pacific Wren  (Troglodytes pacificus):

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa):

Golden-crowned Kinglet  (Regulus satrapa):

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus):

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon):

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus):

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):

18 Comments

  1. eheffa
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Wonderful portraits…!

  2. Stephen Barnard
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Very nice. I like the first one, too.

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Pacific Wren [Troglodytes pacificus] – first part of the binomial seems rather harsh for a cute little bird. I figured it out though 🙂

    The pointy ‘hairstyled’ kingfisher is très chic

  4. James A Sulzer
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I would love to get close-ups like this with my Canon camera!

    • rickflick
      Posted August 15, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Add salt to the tail. Works every time. 😉

  5. Posted August 15, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    The belted kingfisher is so cute!

    • Lurker111
      Posted August 16, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      I was going to say, that’s one of the very few kingfisher pics I’ve seen where the bird was actually in focus. Those guys (and gals) must be really hard to capture on “film.”

  6. Posted August 15, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Fantastic photos. That loon shot is stunning.

  7. rickflick
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    All great shots!
    The kinglet has the sweetest look…

  8. John Conoboy
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful photos. I really admire folks who get great bird photos, as I have tried and failed many times. It takes great photography skill and lots of patience.

    • Posted August 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      And very often a rather long lens.

      • John Conoboy
        Posted August 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

        The lens I have, but I lack patience.

  9. Posted August 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    The Golden-crowned Kinglet is probably my favorite here. So cute!

  10. darrelle
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Very good set of pics. The smaller birds, especially the Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet and the Bushtit really put a smile on my face.

  11. Mark R.
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos is the norm for Colin Franks. So many of the birds (esp. the wee ones) have adorable expressions as they perch, esp. the Golden-crowned Kinglet.

  12. Cruzrad
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    As always, very fine photography. Thanks for sharing.

    A bit drab in color but the American Dipper is one of my favorites to observe. They never wander far from the stream or river they live along and have this unusual habit of bobbing up and down when they’re standing. Not sure what’s up with that behavior. It makes them very conspicuous. They also walk underwater looking for food.

  13. tjeales
    Posted August 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos, thank you so much.

  14. Posted August 16, 2017 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    A fine batch to be sure. Thanks…


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