Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since we had photos from Stephen Barnard, and in his latest submission of just two pictures, he explains why:

I haven’t been doing much photography because the smoke from forest fires is spoiling the light, but you requested these. [JAC: I saw them on his FB feed and asked for them.]

A Violet-green Swallow [Tachycineta thalassina] doing one of its crazy upside-down maneuvers after picking an insect off the surface. I think they do this to avoid collisions. There were hundreds of swallows of several species feeding over the creek. By the way, only the head is upside down.

Reader James Petts sent some photos of “bucks losing their velvet.” His comment:

A couple of bucks in different states of velvet loss.  As usual, these are Columbian black tails [Odocoileus hemionus columbianus].


  1. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 27, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Good stuff! I see lots of deer with velvet, but never losing them.

    Those are amazingly well placed shots of swallows, Stephen.

  2. Christopher
    Posted August 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Those are nice shots. I’ve never seen bucks losing their velvet, nor have I ever found discarded antlers. Love the creepy-headed bug-catching too. That action happens so fast I can’t imag how many pics you took to get such behavior.

  3. Bob
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The swallow is doing what every good pilot/aviator is taught, keep your head up and out to watch for other aircraft.

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