Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a lovely selection of photos today from reader Colin Franks (photo page here, Facebook page here, and Instagram page here).

Common Loon (Gavia immer):

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula):

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius):

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus):

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus):

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius):

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos):

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala):

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus):

Baby Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis):



  1. Posted September 24, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Those are beautiful!

    Perhaps Jerry can comment on why Mallards feet are so orange?

  2. Nicolas Perrault
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink


  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures! The loon family is adorable. I saw a scene like this (from farther away) a few years ago when we vacationed at a cabin by a lake.

  4. Bruce Lyon
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Stunning photos Colin!

    As far as why the duck’s feet are orange, it is possible that this is a signal of sorts. Lots of birds have colorful ‘bare parts’ (i.e. the color is in the skin not the feathers) and it is known to serve a signaling function. It would be interesting to know if female legs are as colorful. It is also entirely possible that the coloration serves no function.

    • Posted September 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. I think you’re on to something.

  5. ploubere
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Excellent work, undoubtedly reflecting much patience.

  6. Diana
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink


  7. John Dentinger
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Re the pic of the cute Canada goose chick: why is it that c gooses have become so much more abundant, and what can we do to reverse this trend (with, I hope, extreme prejudice)?

  8. Richard Portman
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Very nice! Thanks .

  9. Posted September 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful work, Colin. Thanks.

  10. Lauren
    Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Oh, how much time and money do humans spend on grooming and products, cosmetics and beauticians, yet with no effort, these ducks are magnificient, with not a feather out of place.

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted September 25, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      Well they do spend a fair amount of time grooming themselves. If they don’t look after their feathers they will suffer from loss of water-proofing, insulation and aerodynamics!

  11. Posted September 26, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos Colin, thanks for sharing them!

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