Readers’ wildlife photos

First, a report from Jacques Hausser in Switzerland:

Nice eclipse tonight (in Eurasia and Africa), the moon with a very luminous Mars (Mars is a bit hazy here.Five minutes later, clouds did hide everything…)
You can read more about the eclipse at timeanddate.com; it was visible from Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America, but not North America.  As the site notes, “Totality will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century.” Did anyone see it beside Jacques?
Reader Jan Loomen from Kingston, Ontario sent photos of a cryptic nest:

Where I walk my dog there is a stormwater collection pond, shown in the first picture, that has a decent population of bird life. whenever I walk by the gravel patch in the foreground of the picture these two killdeerCharadrius vociferus) get all excited. So yesterday I as approached, I looked to see if I could spot the nest. The second picture shows the nest with 4 eggs in the gravel. The third picture is a bit blurry because the bird was moving but this is their “broken wing” act trying to distract me from the nest. The two birds put a great deal of effort into luring me down the path away from the nest. The nest site is circled in the first photo:

Reader Robert Jase has befriended some raccoons (Procyon lotor, both adults and kits) as well as a family of striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis). His notes are indented:

More pics of my wild friends. First off my cat Boo checks out Speck; the cats have lots of respect for the wild critters.  There are two skunk kits but they don’t come to the house so no pics of them as yet.

Next is Rackets with one of her kits.

Third, there is one kit that just loves hiding under the stepstool and sneaking food from the dish.

They really are very plush!

Nothing like a nap after a big meal.

 

Like cats, raccoons seem to really be interested in feet.

They also love paw play.

Skunks are a bit more cautious.

JAC: I’m not sure I would have done this, but all went well.

Here I am with one of the kits, I’m not making faces just talking to it to keep it calm. They were less friendly last week but I’m putting that down to the heat wave.

9 Comments

  1. Serendipitydawg
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    No joy seeing the sky, let alone the moon. The weather just had to pick yesterday to break, hey ho, at least the lightning was impressive and the downpour may convert a brown lawn back to green-ish.

    • nicky
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      Same here: cloudy skies. I guess my last chance to see a blood moon is gone now 😦

      • Posted August 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        Why, I think they are not so rare – not as rare as solar eclipses anyway.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I think Robert is operating a wild life preserve. Nice photos.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    cool

    I put a link to sciencedaily or something like that that has some good eclipse pics and videos, including from the space station.

  4. Posted July 28, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! We have Killdee Plovers out back of our home! They like Tri-County Regional Technical High School field and the stones on their roofs! 🐦👍❤️

  5. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    A beautiful sunny day, all day long. As soon as the sun was going down, the clouds started rolling in, covered the sky completely, lightening flashing, pouring rain, hence no view of the moon at all. 😦

  6. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    The eclipse was visible in NZ too, from around 8 am, but it was cloudy where I live.

  7. Diane G
    Posted July 31, 2018 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Great find, Jan. I hope you get some pics of the little puff-balls when they hatch! 🙂


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