Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Otten sent some bird photos (and one mammal); his notes are indented below:

I am attaching some wildlife photos for the Why Evolution is True website. All of the photos were taken in various parks in the greater Cincinnati area, except for the prairie warbler.

Seven hour-old white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn.  The doe gave birth to this fawn and its sibling on the grounds of my college.

I know how much you enjoy watching your ducklings grow.  My wife Dianne snapped this photo of a mallard hen (Anas platyrhynchos) with 2 of her 5 ducklings.  I’m guessing the ducklings are about 4 weeks old in this photo.  When we next saw this hen (a little more than a week later) only 3 of the ducklings were still with her.

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) hatchling.  My wife Dianne took this photo too.

Male prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor) at Eagle Creek Park near Indianapolis.  Also Dianne’s photo.

Cape May warbler (Setophaga tigrina).  This photo was taken in the fall, so I think this is male in non-breeding plumage.

Female common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas).

Male and female tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).

Male tree swallow carrying nesting material.  Presumably the nest is in the box he is standing on.

Green heron (Butorides virescens).

Great blue heron (Ardea herodea) with a catfish.  I can confirm that the heron subsequently consumed the fish.

Great blue heron white morph.  I saw this particular bird standing adjacent to a nest in a small rookery some distance away, but it flew before I could get my camera out.  I was close to maximum zoom, so the photo is a bit grainy.

A pair of blue-gray gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea) were loudly and aggressively confronting a female brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) close to their nest.  They didn’t sit still very long, but I was able to capture one in mid call.

6 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 10, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Beautiful set – the prairie warbler photo is precious!

  2. Posted June 10, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Great photos of those small, highly active birds.

  3. Glenda Palmer
    Posted June 10, 2019 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Enjoying lovely photos and notes with morning coffee. Thank you.

  4. Posted June 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Lovely pictures. I enjoyed these. We are seeing a lot of fledging birds as well right now. A very dangerous time for them before they can really fly.

  5. rickflick
    Posted June 10, 2019 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    All these are fine shots. I like the white heron. You can see the wing bones through the feathers. Cool.

  6. Posted June 10, 2019 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos, thanks for sharing these!


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