Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some bird photos from a newcomer, David Klotz, whom I met last week when he dropped by the U of C for his alumni reunion. His IDs and notes are indented:

2017: Red-throated loon (Gavia stellata) in LI Sound at Hammonasset State Park, CT. In winter plumage; red spot on throat comes in summer.

2017: Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) on Isle of Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland:

2017 Atlantic puffin on Staffa:

2017: Black guillemots (Cepphus grylle) on cliff side on Staffa:

2017: Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in Loch Lomond by the dock at the village of Luss:

2017: Mute swans (Cygnus olor) in Taylor Creek, Southampton (Long Island), NY:

2017:  Willets (Tringa semipalmata) in a marsh at Southampton:

2017:  Spotted sandpiper (Actitus macularius) on Star Island:

2018: Greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanleuca) at Rocky Neck State Park, CT:

2018: Great egret (Ardea alba) at Rocky Neck:


  1. DTaylor
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great pics! Puffins always make me laugh. I especially appreciate your including the location where each was taken.

    • Posted June 8, 2018 at 8:42 am | Permalink


      Excellent one of the yellowlegs, and I too appreciate the locales.

    • Posted June 9, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Staffa is a wonderful Island for viewing puffins; if you stand still on the cliffs they just saunter right up to you.

      As a bonus you get to visit Fingal’s Cave, and imagine you can hear Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Hebrides. A magical island, easily visited on a short day trip from Mull or Iona.

  2. Posted June 8, 2018 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the lovely photos!

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted June 8, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink


  3. Debbie Coplan
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos…I really enjoy seeing these wildlife photos. It helps me start my day off just right.

  4. Posted June 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    These are nice. I especially like the puffins and the last two photographs, where the underside of the birds is reflected in the water.

  6. Christopher
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, I would so love to see loons and puffins! The guillemots are rather nice,too.

  7. harrync
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Loved the egret photo. I took in the nature photography exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum last week. The most amazing photo to me was one of an egret driving off an eagle. I would have thought the contest would have gone the other way. And of course I loved the photo of the rhododendrons on the Blue Ridge Parkway, since the parkway is only a few miles from my house.

  8. Posted June 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful dinosaurs.

  9. Mark R.
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Yes, wonderful dinosaur replacements.

  10. Posted June 8, 2018 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing these, David. Nice work!

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