Readers’ wildlife photos

Be sure to send me photos, but please not between this Thursday and a week from Friday, as I’ll be in Croatia then.

Today’s swell photos of birds (and a squirrel as lagniappe) are from reader A. W. Savage, whose comments and IDs are indented.

Here are some photos from a few years back, all taken during a holiday spent in the area around Naples in Florida. The first two are of Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus), perched out in the open, probably looking for prey.

Next, a Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus). The bird was singing loudly and took no notice as we crept up closer to get a better view.

The next five photos were all taken at Corkscrew Swamp, a wonderful reserve with boardwalks to let you thread your way amongst the swamp cypress trees without getting your feet wet! They are, in order, a Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), a Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus), a Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), a Tricoloured Heron (Egretta tricolor) and a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).

Finally, knowing your fondness for squirrels, here’s an unusual one, photographed in a small stand of trees not far from the entrance to Corkscrew Swamp. It’s a Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani), a subspecies of Fox Squirrel found mostly in Florida and Georgia, in fire-prone areas of longleaf pine and wiregrass, especially around sandhills.  The colour is very variable, but this one was a most attractive gingery hue underneath and dark on the back. They are also very large squirrels. It was much bigger, to my eyes, than the common American Grey Squirrels now infesting most of the British Isles, or our native Red Squirrel. It appeared to be nearly three feet from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail and bulkier to match.



  1. Terry Sheldon
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Lovely! Corkscrew Swamp is now on my list of places to visit in the near future.

    • rickflick
      Posted October 9, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Count me in as well. I hope the hurricane season leaves it intact.

  2. Liz
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Nice pictures. Love the heron.

  3. Mark R.
    Posted October 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    That is one huge squirrel. Beautiful birds…I had no idea Florida had such a colorful bird like the painted bunting. Gorgeous.

  4. Diane G
    Posted October 10, 2018 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures! Love the pose and lighting of the Pileated shot.

  5. Posted October 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    The painted bunting is fantastic – it looks, well, painted! And the first bird is cute.

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