Readers’ wildlife photos

Comments on the photo posts have been few, and I’m not sure whether that means people aren’t looking at them. But I’d urge you to say something if you like a photo, for the contributors surely like their work to be appreciated, and that’s the only way they’ll know. If you see something, say something. And remember to send in your good photos!

Today we have a potpourri of photos and a video.  The photographers’ notes are indented.

The first few are from reader Damon:

Attached are some photos of Diamondback Water Snakes (Nerodia rhombifera) from South Texas that I took earlier in spring.

From reader Tim Anderson in Australia:

This is an Apostle bird (Struthidea cinerea). Its name derives from the fact that it generally goes about in groups of about a dozen. They are constantly fussing and nattering away, even when they are on their own. They have a black band across their face, which makes them look like bandits. Just about my favourite bird.

Reader Michael Glenister sent in two damselfly photos, and I regret that I lost the email that may have identified them. Perhaps readers can help:

A squirrel from Randy Schenck in Iowa:

Time for a Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) close up.  The nails might need a trim but you can count the whiskers if you want.

And a movie from reader Ben Dreidel showing that cats aren’t the only beasts who can train their staff:

This is a video from our recent family vacation. The bald eagle has trained the tour boat to give him a fish when they come by so he can fly down and grab it for the tourists’ cameras.



  1. BobTerrace
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Every day I look at reader’s wildlife photos but rarely comment.

    I do appreciate their effort and time and PCCE’s.

    • Randy Bessinger
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      I comment sometimes, but not every day. It just depends whether I’m in the mood.

      If I like the photos, which is nearly always, I do check the “like” box. Because he doesn’t get the view on the site itself but from the Admin area, Jerry may not see all the likes.

      • claudia baker
        Posted October 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

        +3 here. I always look at, and appreciate, the pictures. I learn something everyday.

  2. ladyatheist
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I used to wonder why people in Florida had pools when there were lakes & canals all over to swim in. If the alligators don’t get you, the snakes will? No thanks!

    • jaxkayaker
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Those particular water snakes are not venomous, though they like to bite if you pick them up.

  3. eliz20108
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I look at every post every day. I dont know enough to comment. I know absolutely nothing about birds and such.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    The photo of the squirrel taken yesterday is okay but I liked the Hili picture best.

  5. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I read the email and stash it in my “Wildlife” folder for easy access when a moment arises for some wildlife photos.

    I will comment if there is a personal compulsion to do so, e.g. I’ve seen the showcases wildlife or something.

    I might comment if I randomly happen to.

    I’d love to always do the process of commenting but somehow it doesn’t happen, despite automatic everything in the 21st century.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Oh and of course these are very nice pics! Dangerous even! I love also DIY pics a lot.

  6. Posted October 8, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Nice pictures!
    Those are ebony jewelwing damselflies. The first is a female, with white pterostigma, and the second is a male. As is often the case the females sometimes land on you.

  7. Cruzrad
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Nice pics and video!

    I enjoy all of the readers’ wildlife photos posts.

  8. Posted October 8, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Love the eagle video. It is so true that animals train people as well. I watch people walk d*gs around the neighborhood. If they think the d*gs are doing what they want, they are so wrong. The only time they obey is when the local cat is around. He rules the neighborhood.

    • claudia baker
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      My cat rules the neighbourhood too. Dogs make a wide arc past the driveway when kitty is outside and watching. He’ll chase them down if they dare set a paw on “his” space.

  9. Christopher
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    One thing I think it is very impiety to say is this: educate people every chance you get about the complete harmlessness of Nerodia species. They are constantly mistaken for water moccasins/cottonmouths and killed. Most of the time they are killed even though cottonmouths don’t even exist in the area but people, secure in their ignorance, declare that it MUST be a cottonmouth BECAUSE it’s in/near the water! Nerodia will bite if you bother them, they do have many little teeth perfectly suited to the task of catching fish and frogs, but are not venemous and you won’t get bit if you don’t bother them so don’t! Their young are quite pretty and quite common wherever fish and frogs are available. There are about 7 or 8 species and subspecies here in Missouri, with the northern water snake Nerodia sipedon sipedon being the most common and the one I chased and tormented in my youth. Nice pics.

  10. Elizabeth Belyavin
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I always look forward to looking at the wildlife photos and I apologise for not being appreciative enough! Many thanks to all the contributors and to WEIT.

  11. Richard Bond
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I always look at the wildlife photographs, but rarely comment, partly because so many are from the USA where I have little applicable expertise, and partly because many of your contributors are so expert that as a very amateur photographer I am intimidated. Simply posting “those look nice” day after day seems somewhat trite. Would it make sense to have a “like” button somewhere, so that we can express appreciation without submitting endless rather trivial posts?

  12. Stephen Barnard
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I rarely comment on the wildlife photos, even when they’re very good, but I like it when people comment on mine. 🙂

    • Richard Bond
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      You are one of the people who intimidate me.For me to comment on your excellent photographs would seem to me to be either arrogant or condescending.

      • Stephen Barnard
        Posted October 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        You shouldn’t be intimidated. I have the best equipment and live in a place with exceptional opportunities for photographing wildlife. The quality of the photos in this feature isn’t as interesting to me as the variety from all over the world. It’s a wonderful development that modern digital cameras have opened many people’s eyes to the natural world — both the photographer’s and the viewer’s.

  13. Avis James
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I love your wildlife photos!

  14. Debbie Coplan
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I so appreciate the wildlife photos, but don’t always comment because I would be saying the same comments almost every time I read them. But, I am so excited to see them every morning, along with all the other posts from WEIT.
    Unfortunately, I am not familiar with various species of plants or animals, so cannot add any information of the various critters.

  15. Wayne Robinson
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    What is the email address for contributing images? I have a few I’d like to submit if possible.

  16. Paul Doerder
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    The photos are a daily highlight for me, though I rarely comment. I especially appreciate the diversity of wildlife as it’s loosely defined.

    Today’s rattlers remind me of an encounter while wading a stream with a Timber Rattlesnake stretched out in full sun on a gravel bar. Fortunately I saw it before the dog did, and she was quickly leashed. As we approached the bar, the snake, rather than retreating to the bank, instead swam across the creek and climbed the high bank. Alas, no camera!

  17. Posted October 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Great pics! I wish I could do that.

    • Posted October 9, 2017 at 3:58 am | Permalink

      I like to comment and try different ways to say I appreciate the effort and, especially looking at what creatures that are in and around different locals that readers live with. The yarns, descriptions and facts even though I’ll never remember half of it.

  18. largeswope
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I love seeing the photos from all over the world. I have learned a lot from them.

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