Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Liz Strahle contributed a batch of bird photos; her IDs and notes are indented.

Attached are the wildlife photographs that I took in the last few months. These are mostly from the winter but there are a couple in the beginning from late fall. Most of these were taken in NJ. There are a few from CT and NY. These were taken with the same equipment (Canon T6i and the 250mm lens). I didn’t edit them. I only cropped them.

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens):

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura):

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus):

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) and Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus):

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis): [JAC: the goose is slipping as it tries to walk down a snowy slope covered with ice]:

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos):

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris):

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis):

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos):

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor):

Bald Eagle, juvenile (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Most of the favorites, and I love the action shots – the Canada Goose is the most interesting action shot

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    The mourning dove is a beauty.

  3. Posted March 13, 2019 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Very interesting! this is a very good set of pictures, and every one is appealing.

  4. SnowyOwl
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Not a juvenile… this is over one year old.
    Two things:
    1. Note the Osprey-like face with the white over the eye. This was thought to be an older plumage, like three years or so. But not so any more. Can occur on a younger bird.
    2. The set of three brown blunt tipped feathers are new, adult type, from a recent, first molt.
    For juvenile feathers: see the shorter pointed interior secodnaries. The next molt will change these out for longer blunt ones.
    Given the location(s), this is likely a 2017 hatched Bald Eagle.

    • Liz
      Posted March 13, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you!

  5. Posted March 13, 2019 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Love the one of the goose slipping down the hill!

  6. Alex K.
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    The number of ospreys in Connecticut are skyrocketing, thanks to the ban of DDT and cleaner waterways. Goes to show that the environmental movement from the 1970s does have its fruits.

    • Posted March 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the same in Minnesota as well. And in mid-Minnesota (Twin Cities) generally, with increased woodlands and the the stopping of the Silent Spring pesticides in the 70s, we now have far more birds and far more species than I grew up with the 1970s.

      I never saw a cardinal in MN until I was 22. I never saw a blue bird. I never saw an indigo bunting. These are all now common. Cardinals and blue birds are incredibly common around us now.

      We have ospreys nesting in the park directly behind our house every summer. We see Bald Eagles and Red Tailed Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks nearly every summer day.

      Daily visitors to our suet log (besides the d#*&ed squirrels!) include: Pilleated Woodpeckers, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, White Breasted Nuthatches, Black Capped Chickadees.

  7. rickflick
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I much appreciate these shots. Each one shows an interesting action or gesture. The hooded merganser is one of the most beautiful ducks and a favorite of mine.

  8. Posted March 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Very nice photos Liz! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Posted March 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos! To me, the first 3 are the cutest, though the others are more impressive.

  10. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Exceptionally good photos!

  11. Michael Fisher
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Liz. The ring-necked duck looks like he’s just remembered he left the chicks at the Mall.

  12. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura):

    Looks very fluffed up, as if it were taking a bath. Is there maybe some insecticidal benefit to the whiff of these conifers?

  13. Mark R.
    Posted March 13, 2019 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Whoa, these are excellent. Thanks.

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