Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Liz Strahle sent us some lovely bird photos. Her notes and IDs are indented.

Here are some wildlife pictures.  The house sparrow, cedar waxwing, and double-crested cormorant are new birds for me. There are a couple of turkey vultures eating dead animals. I believe the first one is an opossum. The second dead animal might be a beaver or a groundhog.
The double-crested cormorant’s eyes appeared to be turquoise. I believe this one is a juvenile.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura):
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis):

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). When I mentioned that I loved this photo because I’m a mallard-phile, Liz responded:

I think I mentioned that picture in one of the duck posts in a comment a little while back. When I took the picture, I really had no idea why they were standing on one foot. It looked like they might be dancing even though that was probably not what they were doing. When I saw your post about Honey standing on one foot, I thought of those ducks. Someone in the comments suggested that it might have something to do with thermal regulation or something similar. That seems to make sense but I don’t know.

Observing the turkey vultures gliding so beautifully is one of the reasons I became interested in birds a few years ago. They are just so beautiful. When I captured the shot of the first turkey vulture with the opossum, I was thinking, “Um….they are still…um…really beautiful.” Ha. When they glide together like pairs of figure skaters, they are mesmerizing.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus):
Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus):
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis):
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum):
Mute Swans (Cygnus olor):
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura):
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus):
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis):


  1. Posted August 29, 2018 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    These vultures and hawks though… You always know they eat this way but it’s a different thing to be watching them do this.

  2. Posted August 29, 2018 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I think the buzzard picture got posted twice and the cormorant picture didn’t get posted.

  3. Posted August 29, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! Thank you for sharing.

    • Liz
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Thank you!

      • yazikus
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        Really lovely!

  4. Mark R.
    Posted August 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    These are great…I especially like the mute swan photo…it’s like they’re floating in outer space.

    • Diane G
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      I agree!

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted August 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Learned not all that long ago from an architect pal – the trade term for those ugly highway lamps the vultures are standing on is: Cobra.

  6. Posted August 29, 2018 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos, thanks! Definitely a groundhog.

  7. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Nice set! Well done!

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