Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Let’s begin with ducks, as Stephen Barnard sent another fantastic mallard photo as well as a video of a flock of mallards taking off from his fields. My title is “Two mallards in flight—afternoon delight.”

The photo:

The video: Look at all them ducks!

Reader Chris Winstead sent a photo of a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).

This is, I believe, a great horned owl. They were nesting in my neighborhood during the summer, and visited my yard most evenings. These photos were taken from my back doorstep. There were at least two babies and a mother. I didn’t capture any photos of feedings, but did observe some feeding, grooming, and pellet deliveries.

Some more waterfowl (Trumpeter swans, Cygnus buccinator) from reader Charles Sawicki. His notes:

These shots were taken during a June visit to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. Tamarac is covered with isolated, shallow, glacial lakes ideal for the breeding of water fowl. Trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator) are common in the summer. but cygnets are normally kept well out of sight. These are one of the most massive water birds and are very aggressive in protection of their nests and young, having been known to kill raccoons and foxes.

Below: A pair of adult swans

Trumpeters often dabble to reach submerged vegetation including roots and tubers. A pair with six cygnets is seen below with their necks stained by feeding. The cygnets stayed very close to the larger male. A good idea since snapping turtles are common in these lakes.

From Raymond Mackintosh, some 2003 photos of yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes) taken on the Otago Peninsula of New Zealand. (I tried to see these in my trip to NZ last year, but failed.)

Adult (can you spot the penguin):

Chicks (the Kiwis build nest boxes for the birds):



  1. rickflick
    Posted November 17, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Delightful pics!

  2. Posted November 17, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Wow. Look at those ducks.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 17, 2018 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Nice pictures! There is a large pond near where I work and I always crane my neck when I drive by, looking for the pair of swans that live there.

  4. Posted November 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Love that owl shot.

    Trumpeter swans winter here in large numbers, with a few tundra swans mixed in, which can be hard to discriminate. They just started showing up. I didn’t know trumpeters can be aggressive, but then they don’t nest here. The introduced (in NA) mute swans I know to be very aggressive, and even dangerous to humans. Just ask Larry David. 🙂

  5. Posted November 18, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful birds! The first photo is gorgeous.

  6. Posted November 19, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    A fuzzy penguin!? I guess that’s the “recapitulation” (weakly understood) again.

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