Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Be sure to think of this site (and the readers!) when you have some good wildlife photos to send. I have a decent backlog, but, you know, posting once every day exhausts that pretty quickly.

We have mixed media today, starting with the photos of Stephen Barnard in Idaho. There are DUCKS! Everyone’s comments are indented:

Mink [Neovison vison] in a snowstorm this morning, just before sunrise.

I’ve been seeing this individual hunting along the creek in the early morning, while  I’m exercising on a stationary bike. It’s always a close call whether to interrupt my workout to grab a camera and chance a photo  in very marginal conditions.

Hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) in a light snow this morning [Feb. 17]. I watched him diving in the creek for several minutes. No idea what he was catching. I was trying to photograph some miserable looking snow-covered Canada geese when he swam by, very active, diving repeatedly.

Here are a couple of different poses. He’s very expressive with his crest.

Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). Funny thing—I thought I was photographing a chickadee until I saw it in the viewfinder. 🙂

And an astronomy video sent by reader Rick Longworth at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday:

Last night I saw the “Full Snow Supermoon” that is said to be the largest full moon of 2019.  I saw it through swaying branches and thin clouds but decided to film it anyway. Around 1:00 a.m. it will be the closest to Earth, the brightest, and the larges, it will get for all of 2019.  It will appear 14% larger than a typical full moon and 30% brighter.



  1. Posted February 20, 2019 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Hooded merganser is a belter of a bird!

  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted February 20, 2019 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Great stuff Stephen – esp the merganser

    Rick, Beautiful – very atmospheric. Is that the real audio & real speed?

    • rickflick
      Posted February 20, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Yes, real audio & speed.
      Glad you like it.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted February 20, 2019 at 8:18 am | Permalink

        I can hear a dog [or dogs] barking near the end & possibly people too, but I have to turn it up loud on my HiFi. Not much louder than the background hiss.

        • rickflick
          Posted February 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

          There are dogs in the area. I thought it lent the film a certain je ne sais quoi.

  3. Posted February 20, 2019 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Beautiful stuff. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Posted February 20, 2019 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    The downy woodpecker is great!

  5. randallschenck
    Posted February 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    That is really good catching that mink. Very hard animal to get a photo of in any weather.

  6. Stephen Barnard
    Posted February 20, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Cool video.

    • rickflick
      Posted February 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      Around 33 degrees F. 😎

  7. Liz
    Posted February 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    These are wonderful.

  8. Don Mackay
    Posted February 20, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Either the moon is rotating or we are looking at the contents of a Paramecium food vacuole which also rotate as the vacuole cruises through its own cytoplasmic galaxy.

    • rickflick
      Posted February 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      I like that idea. Paramecium are my favorite animalcule.

  9. Mark R.
    Posted February 20, 2019 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know about the super snow moon…dang. It was cloudy last night though, so thanks for the video!

    Looks like Idaho got hit with a lot of snow, just like Washington. Mergansers are cool.

  10. Posted February 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos!

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