Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s bird photos come from young Jamie Blilie, sent in by his dad James. James’s notes are indented, and he contributed some of his own plant photos below.

Here are some new bird photos from my son, Jamie.  He is now using both his old Canon Powershot SX530 HS super-zoom camera and also now an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Digital Camera, which he got for Christmas, and mostly, my Lumix 100-300 f/5.6-6.3 lens.  (Pretty soon, he will probably just take possession of that lens!) These are from Minnesota and Wisconsin:

American White Pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, near Hudson, WI, in late March

A Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus, on our suet log feeder, this winter:

A Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, on the same feeder, this winter

Photos by James himself:

A few more of my photos.  These are plants, emerging from the forest floor in nearby William O’Brien State Park.  Early May. The first two are Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus:


SquillsScilla sp. (naturalized in N. America):

Marsh Marigolds, Caltha palustris:

Eastern White PinePinus Strobus:

And, Dad’s pride:  My son Jamie, at work (Homo sapiens):



  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Nice set!

    Love to see Pileateds IRL – captivating

  2. Debbie Coplan
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! I especially love the top two photos. The top one almost looks like a painting.

  3. merilee
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos, all, Jamie!

  4. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    The second pelican photo and particularly the second woodpecker photo are sublime. Good work Jamie!
    What is that bulge on top of the pelicans’ beaks? I never noticed that before.

  5. Christopher
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos, and thanks for identifying a mystery flower for me. Squills popped up in my back yard and I’d never seen them or heard of them before now.

  6. Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    In the first photo, in the far background, you can also see a large group of Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) on the remaining river ice (St. Croix River). The ones shown are only a small portion of the ones that were present.

  7. rickflick
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Fine birds and plants. The mammal is terrific.

  8. Posted May 18, 2019 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    All very good. And I am glad to see documentation of skunk cabbages here. Interesting plants, and today I hope to get out and see how they are doing.

    • rickflick
      Posted May 18, 2019 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      From my experience they are more skunk than cabbage.

  9. Joe Dickinson
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Very nice, particularly the Pileated Woodpecker. A proud moment when I was probably about Jamie’s age: I spotted a Pileated Woodpecker as we were driving into a campground in Yosemite. I didn’t know it’s proper name so I just yelled “Hey, there’s one of the woodpeckers that looks like Woody Woodpecker. My Dad, an avid birder slammed on the brakes and jumped out to confirm the ID.

  10. Posted May 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, I enjoy looking at pelican photos. I take a lot of them also.

  11. Posted May 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos! The red-bellied woodpecker is very cute.

  12. Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photos.

    I liked pelicans once, then I saw one put its neck through its pouch.


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