Readers’ wildlife photos

I’m delighted to have Stephen Barnard back, who took a hiatus from photography. Here are some of his photos from Idaho, along with his captions (indented):

The weather and the lighting are improving so I’m back to taking some photos.

First, an in-flight photo of a pair of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis). They breed here and have just recently shown up.

Next, a couple of photos of a female American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) that’s been hanging around. I hope she decides to use one of the nest boxes I installed.


Next, a bull moose (Alces alces), shed of his antlers, whom I call Blind Bob because he’s blind in his left eye—probably due to combat. I’ve seen him around for several years and he seems to be doing OK. My tenant photographed him the day before (the next two photos) when he was “grooming his honey”. The third moose photo documents that this was indeed Blind Bob. Moose aren’t known for their keen eyesight, and it isn’t a fatal injury, obviously.

Finally, a couple of trout I caught this afternoon, a Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) and a Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). They’re skinny from the winter, and hungry.

Also, some Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis).

Some not completely black dogs (an improvement) and my daughter Nora’s cat, Karen, in Menlo Park, CA.



  1. Karen Bartelt
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 8:51 am | Permalink


  2. W.T. Effingham
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    It’s photos like these that weigh heavily in my travel – bucket list.

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Pretty teal – took me a while to figure out he’s standing on ice. Also the lighting makes him look like a flat, painted cutout.

    A magnetic picture – disconcerting in various ways.

  4. Cate Plys
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    A great collection of photos as always that make me want to move Idaho. Though it may be heresy on this site, it’s also great to see those dogs again.

  5. Posted March 29, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Beautiful Stephen, thanks very much!

  6. Posted March 29, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Nice to see you back! These are all stunning pictures.
    The kestrel is adorable, and so might be considered honorary owls, which means they are also honorary cats.

  7. Posted March 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Images of birds in flight are magical!

  8. rickflick
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see your pics again Steven. And nice ones to be sure. I’ve just moved from NY to ID so I hope to be a witness to some of the majestic scenes you’ve shown us. I’m now living in Caldwell on the Snake River. The snow geese have been very evident here lately and I hope to get some shots of them before they migrate out of the area.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted March 30, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      My Border Collies are from Caldwell. Welcome to Idaho.

  9. Dale Franzwa
    Posted March 30, 2018 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    All your photos are great, but love those trout.

  10. Posted March 30, 2018 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    The kestrel is really cute! The teals look wonderful too.

  11. Diane G.
    Posted April 1, 2018 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Beautiful as always, Stephen! Love the kestrel–our smallest falcon–and the teal, our smallest dabbling duck. 🙂

    Lovely composition of your dogs & that ineffably beautiful scenery.

    BTW, this recent reclassification cropped up here a few months ago, in someone else’s sandhill pics post:

    The sandhill crane was formerly placed in the genus Grus but a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2010 found that the genus, as then defined, was polyphyletic.[2] In the resulting rearrangement to create monophyletic genera, four species, including the sandhill crane, were placed in the resurrected genus Antigone that had originally been erected by the German naturalist Ludwig Reichenbach in 1853.[3][4] The specific epithet canadensis is the Modern Latin word for “Canadian”.[5]


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