Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a short version today, as I’m running out of pictures and must be frugal (send in your photos, folks).

Our first contribution is a bird photo by Diana MacPherson, who describes it this way:

This is a black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). This image is of the chickadee eating a seed in a bush.

These two are from reader Gary Womble:

Female Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) in Bradenton, Florida:

Great Egret [Ardea alba] with fish catch at Myakka River State Park [Florida]:



  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted March 10, 2019 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE ?? With some grub grasped in its tiny right foot? Cute.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 10, 2019 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      Yes! Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) eating a sunflower seed in a bush.

      I’m slow replying as I am down with migraine and it brings on profound fatigue.

  2. merilee
    Posted March 10, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Love anhingas. They are a hoot and make very strange sounds. Saw one up really close in a waterland preserve in Florida. He was on a tall stump right next to the boardwalk and he opened his mouth and squawked and I could see way down past his tonsils. Such fun to watch dive, too, of course.

    • Mark R.
      Posted March 10, 2019 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      I’ve never heard of or seen an anhinga. They look really cool though.

      • merilee
        Posted March 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        Here’re their weird calls. Two other cool things about them. They are missing lanolin(?) to make water run off them (like ducks’ backs) and so stand with their wings outstretched to dry (often on top on telephone poles along the highway). They also dive deep down kind of like loons. Fascinating birds.

        • merilee
          Posted March 10, 2019 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

          Carmen Dingle is fascinated by the sounds😼

  3. Posted March 10, 2019 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing, people. All very good.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted March 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I think the Black Capped Chickadee is the only wee bird that I can identify…thanks to Diana and RWP.

    I wish I had some good photos to send, but I’ve pretty much sent all of mine. Summer should yield some good photos (I hope).

  5. Posted March 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  6. rickflick
    Posted March 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    the anhinga is quite similar to the double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus). They have similar life-styles, diving for fish dinner. The cormorant is in the same order: Suliformes, but different families:

    Double-crested cormorant – FAMILY: halacrocoracidae

    Anhinga – FAMILY: Anhingidae

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