Reader’s wildlife photos

Reader Stephen Barnard sent a bunch of photos of birds, mammals, and fish, and added this:

Recent inhabitants of my farm. I’ve posted and identified all the species in the past (with the exception of Mr. & Mrs. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus), so the IDs are left as an exercise for the reader.

I see he also snuck in two pictures of Deets!

 

20 Comments

  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    The first d*g photo is of Hitch (named after Christopher Hitchens).

    • Hempenstein
      Posted September 14, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Hitch is indeed handsome, just like Deets. (Who or what was Deets named for?)

      If you’re ever in Pittsburgh you have a standing invitation for beer at the Brew Gentlemen, and you can bring them both since it’s a dog-friendly brewpub. (Someone even brought a couple c*ts in a few wks back, and they didn’t cause any commotion.)

      • Stephen Barnard
        Posted September 14, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        Deets was named for a character in the Larry McMurtry novel Lonesome Dove, played by Danny Glover in the great TV miniseries. In my opinion and in the opinion of some others, working dogs should have short, preferably one-syllable, emphatic names.

        It’s very unlikely I’ll ever be in Pittsburg again, but I appreciate the offer. I’ll reciprocate if you’re ever in Picabo, Idaho.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 18, 2017 at 3:27 am | Permalink

      And a fantastic portrait it is! That expression is riveting!

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Stellar pictures as always, Stephen! So you are also doing under water photography, I see.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted September 14, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      I carry an Olympus Tough waterproof camera when I’m fishing. It fits in a shirt pocket.

      • Diane G.
        Posted September 18, 2017 at 3:28 am | Permalink

        Yes, that underwater shot jumped right out at me. Such clarity!

        A catch & release fish?

        • Stephen Barnard
          Posted September 18, 2017 at 6:20 am | Permalink

          I release all wild trout.

  3. Posted September 14, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos as usual Stephen!

  4. rickflick
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I only have confidence in 3 of these ids.

    brown trout
    red tailed hawk
    dawg
    sandhill crane
    mockingbird
    grackle
    moose
    broad winged hawk
    belted kingfisher
    red tailed hawk

    • mathieu siol
      Posted September 14, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      concerning the birds:
      -Red-tailed Hawk
      -Sandhill Crane
      -Brewer’s Blackbird (female left and male right)
      -Hen Harrier (ssp hudsonius sometimes split as American Harrier, differing from its Eurasian counterpart, the Hen Harrier)
      -Belted Kingfisher
      -Red-tailed Hawk

      • rickflick
        Posted September 14, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

        Hey, I didn’t do so bad. Thanks.
        It’s curious that the Brewer’s Blackbird pair have very different eyes. I recall, now, this is true of other species as well. The wood duck for example.

      • Stephen Barnard
        Posted September 14, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        The hawk is a Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneusz). I think whether it’s conspecific with the European Hen Harrier is a matter of some dispute. The one in the photo is an adult female. Adult males have a very different coloration.

        • Stephen Barnard
          Posted September 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

          *Circus cyaneus*

    • Mark R.
      Posted September 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      I think the 2nd photo is a Rainbow trout.

  5. Greg Mills
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant.

    Thank You.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this lovely selection. After seeing the cut field, I was reminded – did you end up growing enough (iirc) barley to make a profit?

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted September 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      It depends on a lot of things: the weather, the price of barley, the price of fuel and fertilizer, etc. This should be a good year.

  7. Posted September 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to see your lovely photos again, Stephen, including those of Hitch and Deets. What a handsome pair! Thanks.

  8. Diane G.
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Lovely pics, Stephen–I’m always glad to see your work! Especially nice comparison shot of the male/female Brewer’s.


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