Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ll be busy writing today, so posting may be light. To quote Maru the cat, “I do my best.” Today’s animal photos were sent by reader Richard Dahl. I can’t find a relevant email, so the IDs may be all he sent.

I need more photos, please. Send ’em in!

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias):

Male mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos):

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta):

Male Wood duck (Aix sponsa):


And a landscape photo from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, sent September 30:

When I took the landscape photo this afternoon I was listening to elk bugling.


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted October 13, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Very nice photos today. Notice the turtle in the water looking at the one above.

    • Posted October 13, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Thank you. The turtle looking up was working hard to get on the log, but was not successful.

  2. Posted October 13, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  3. Posted October 13, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    After an hectic summer with moving from the Great Plains to western Washington, I’ve been enjoying taking some pictures of some of the local wildlife, and thought I would share if you would like some pictures for the WEIT site. These are from an easy accessible park on the eastern side of Lake Washington (Juanita Bay, Kirkland).

    I have attached images of (hope I get this right):

    1) Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias)
    2) Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
    3) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
    4) Painted turtle (Chrysemys Picta)

    Great decoupling to wander around and see these. The turtles in particular seemed to have a great time (there were several) laying on logs in the water to catch about the last of an unusually hot Seattle area summer.

    • Posted October 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Not sure what was intended here. But if you want to send pix to Jerry you can find his U Chicago email in the links above.

      • Posted October 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

        These were comments for the animal photos for this post. Thanks.

      • Posted October 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        Yes, it was my fault for losing the original email.

  4. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted October 13, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I was listening to elk bugling.

    With lips like that, I’m amazed they can form an embrasure. No, that’s not the word. “Embouchure” – that’s the word. I’ve never had reason to use (or spel) that word in my life, despite having learned it around 40 years ago.

    • John Frum
      Posted October 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      There are many words that I have only ever read and don’t know the pronunciation.
      Such as schadenfreude.
      I think it’s schaden rhymes with Hayden and freud as in Sigmund Freud.
      Is that right?

      • Posted October 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        On the “freud” bit you are correct, but an “eh” sound.

        On “Schaden”: There is no “y” in the pronounciation, and there is a little longer “ah” sound as in “car”.

        (From a Norwegian with 4 years of German in school a long time ago)

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted October 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

        Well, PCC(E) and others have more German experience than I do, but the normal English pronunciation of Sigmund’s family name seems about right to my ear.
        I find it amusing that in translation he is “Dr Joy,” and “schadenfreude” is something like “shadow joy” or “dark pleasure”.
        Actually, I only knew “embouchure ” from song lyrics. Which is why I didn’t know the speelung. There’s at least one other person on the board who can probably name the song from the clue that I found it a bit of a devil to play. (In itself, a pun.)

  5. Posted October 13, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Oh I want to live in where Stephen Barnard lives. Thank you for all your contributions!

  6. Debbie Coplan
    Posted October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    All photos greatly appreciated! I’m surrounded by cars and roads.
    It’s a breath of fresh air for me to wake up to-
    All great photos.

  7. Posted October 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Good pictures! Looks like you got pretty close to the blue heron. That is generally not easy.

    • Posted October 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. The heron seems remarkably patient with humans. This is from a well visited park along the shore of Lake Washington in the Seattle area.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted October 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Terrific pond denizens. There is another turtle in the water looking up at the painted turtle. It looks like a snapping turtle and doesn’t have the yellow striations of a painted.

  9. nicky
    Posted October 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    That turtle (terrapin?) photo is amazing indeed.

  10. ploubere
    Posted October 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Excellent photos. I’m envious of Stephen’s property, what a beautiful landscape.

    • ploubere
      Posted October 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      btw, Richard, I know the park, I used to live on the other side of the lake. It’s great how much wildlife can be observed around there, but it still took some patience on your part to find them and take good photos.

  11. Diane G.
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Lovely wildlife captures, Richard! That mallard seems to be giving you a “do you mind?!” look. 😉 The delicate patterning of the feathers is so beautiful when you click to enlarge the photo.

    OK, all those who want to go visit Stephen and his stunning property, raise your mouse.

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