Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Liz Strahle sent us a passel of bird photos. Her notes and IDs are indented:

Attached are some wildlife pictures I took in the last few months. I named the pictures to match the following IDs:
Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus):
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus):
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura):
Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola):
Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) (Male and Female):
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor):
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (Juvenile):
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens):
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis):
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura):

11 Comments

  1. Posted November 29, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I particularly like the Black Vulture in running mid-step, a few inches off the ground. Good catch. Thanks.

    • Liz
      Posted November 29, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Thank you!

  2. nay
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Where did she find so many vultures (plus eagles/hawks)? Cool, but kinda scary.

  3. Christopher
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    I love the artistic treatment you’ve given the much-maligned and supposedly “repulsive” vultures. They have a beauty all their own, and it’s nice to know that a handful of other people recognize it too.

    • Posted November 29, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Don’t watch them eat!

      • rickflick
        Posted November 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

        It doesn’t seem so bad if you join in. 😎

      • Christopher
        Posted November 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

        Hey, I’ve seen worse at all-you-can-eat buffets! Just because vultures might go in through an eye or the anus doesn’t mean their table manners are any less disturbing than those of the average American.

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I very much like these pics – well composed

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Very good! I have not seen a black vulture, but they seem rather handsome birds. All of mine are turkey vultures.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted November 29, 2018 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely passel of birds. I liked the 1st with the black vultures on the “cross”. It seemed a little sacrilegious…which I appreciate. 🙂

    • rickflick
      Posted November 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      The vultures seem safely heathen. That spike, I’m sure, is to forfend the approach of any gods.


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