Reader’s wildlife photos

As I’m traveling and don’t have access to my file of wildlife photos, here’s a lovely one that was posted by biologist/naturalist/photographer Piotr Naskrecki on his Facebook page, and which I’ve been given permission to reproduce here.

As always with Piotr, it’s a stunning photo, and his caption is below (nb: I don’t think Piotr qualifies as a “reader”, because as director of the E.O. Wilson Lab, he’s usually doing biology in the wilds of Mozambique; but I had to use the regular title).

An early morning squabble – young Saddle-billed Storks [Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis] fighting over a small tilapia that one of them caught in a drying pool on the Gorongosa floodplain.

11 Comments

  1. Charles Sawicki
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photo.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Excellent!

    The motion and energy between the birds is clear

    The composition is such that the birds take on human qualities, as if from an opera or ballet

    Hey, I listen to opera and ballet, so what?

  3. Liz
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Phenomenal shot. Beautiful.

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Piotr that’s beautiful. Makes me wonder at all the dino dance moves we’ll never know about.

  5. GBJames
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photo of dinosaurs!

    • EdwardM
      Posted October 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      My thoughts exactly!

      When I first saw this post I was looking at it on my phone. Not only are the keys on the pad too damn small for my fat fingers, so is the screen for these Olde eyes and I initially thought it was a very nice painting of a couple of dinosaurs. Then I saw the “Reader’s wildlife photos” header. Thought I’d best see it on my computer….

      I see I was right – it’s a gorgeous photo of squabbling dinosaurs.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Here’s a shopping center near the port where a guard limits the number of people who can enter at one time.

    Must put a real damper on the chances of a flash-mob performance of “Ode to Joy” or “Bolero” or something from the ABBA oeuvre.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 24, 2019 at 9:47 am | Permalink

      wrong thread

  7. ploubere
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    That’s a fantastic photo. At first I thought it was one of those paintings of dinosaurs.

  8. Posted October 24, 2019 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always loved Piotr’s photographs. They’re wonderful.

  9. rickflick
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Very well balanced light. I wonder if there was any fill flash. But that’s unlikely because of the distance from the subject – which I assume is quite substantial.


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