Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s Saturday, and time to gather the singletons, doubletons, and tripletons that I’ve been sent.  The first three are from reader Diana MacPherson. As usual, readers’ captions are indented.

The birds are wanting seeds lately – even the poor, nervous cardinal, worried about his redness, has been on my deck. Here are some pictures of the male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) on the deck and a White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) on the fat.

From Gary Womble:

A Tri-Colored Heron (Egretta tricolor) dragging a wing tip through the water while holding the other wing above its head to influence the movements of underwater prey.  A Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) observes the technique.

And two photos from John Avise’s “Birds of the World” collection:

Snow goose (Chen caerulescens), California:

Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Hawaii:


  1. chrism
    Posted March 16, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    For the first time ever I have a flock of common redpolls on my feeders. Camera’s on the table by the window in case I get a chance. They all seem to be female/immature, or maybe the males only get the red breast closer to breeding season.

  2. Posted March 16, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  3. rickflick
    Posted March 16, 2019 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I do miss seeing Cardinals here in the West.
    I didn’t know the tri-colored heron was so clever. Fine images all.

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 16, 2019 at 9:49 am | Permalink


  5. Posted March 16, 2019 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    All very good. The heron behavior to manipulate its prey seems especially clever. I am not sure if this is attributed to their being smart, but if so then they could be ‘up there’ with corvids and parrots.

  6. Michael Fisher
    Posted March 16, 2019 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    A brilliant selection of odds & sods – photography skills. Imagine a world where the ancient avian ancestors didn’t survive that big space rock & or volcanoes etc!

  7. Posted March 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Nice selection today, thanks to the we three.

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