Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Readers: please send in your GOOD wildlife (or landscape) photos, as I can use more.

Today is Duck Day! A “Festival of Ducks”, or so reader Karen Bartelt titled her group of photos. Her notes are indented:

Reader Sean Crawford sent an ibex video; his notes:

Here’s a video of some Ibex [Capra ibex] in Monachil, Andalusia, which is just outside Granada Spain. I was on holiday there with my wife and kids (hence the background noise!). We were hiking and, lo and behold, suddenly a herd (group?) of Ibex crossed our path, one of which does an amazing jump from one boulder to another clear across the stairs of the path we’re on.

The main action takes place right at the beginning, in the first few of seconds, around 4 seconds in, and you have to look pretty closely first time around to see what’s happening. But once you get your eye in, on a second viewing it’s quite clear. The rest of the video is less dramatic as the group makes its way from boulder to boulder up the mountain.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    There’s a rash out there of substituting “USian” for “American”. I understand the logical underpinnings of it, and I’m all (yes, I think a “but” is coming) for doing things different, and better.

    I ask :
    USian coot (Coot usicanus)?
    USian duck?

    To say nothing of talking with people in different countries…. I managed to avoid saying “but”, didn’t I….

    • Posted February 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      How on Earth does one pronounce “USian”?

  2. Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    It seems there is a day for everything, why can not be “Charly day”, point being, do you know how many ducks are in the world? I’m just wondering.

    • Posted February 1, 2018 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Every day is a day for many things!

      • Posted February 1, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

        Got it, as long as you yourself can make it your own day, and that is real possible if you put the work on it, but I Just want a “GREAT HERO CHARLY DAY” not much to ask for….

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Sub – because I asked for it, didn’t I…

  4. rickflick
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I had forgotten many of these duck species I used to know. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of ducks. They seem a bit funny and yet often with charming attire. They are probably amusing because of the difficulty of negotiating on land vs the grace they exhibit in their natural place – the water, or sky. Their feet are webbed, after all. Oh, and then there’s the noise they make – like a bicycle horn.

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful array of ducks. I especially love the webbed feet in the top photo.
    The Ibex leap was very graceful over such uneven terrain. Very exciting! Must have been quite a thrill to witness…

  6. Posted February 1, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Very good pictures! Thank you.

  7. Lars
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I think that the turtle in the first photo is some sort of Graptemys, going by the apparent relative size of the head.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted February 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Great duck photos and the commentary made me lol!
    Cool ibex video; they remind me of mountain goats I’ve seen in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming.

  9. Posted February 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, Karen. Thank you!

  10. Andrea Kenner
    Posted February 3, 2018 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I don’t usually LOL when perusing readers’ wildlife photos, but this time I did yuk it up a bit over Karen’s notes! Great photos and video too!

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