Readers’ wildlife photos

We don’t often get a contribution by photographer Colin Franks, but when we do we’re in for a visual treat.  Here’s a selection of lovely bird photos. (Colin’s photography website is here, his Instagram page is here, and his Facebook page is here.) His IDs are indented.

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta):



Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii):



Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa):



Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis):



Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus):



Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii):



Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens):



Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta):



Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola):



Wood Duck (Aix sponsa):


  1. Jacques Hausser
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    The last photo is Aix sponsa, not Bucephala. But beautiful photos anyway !

    • Posted December 15, 2019 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      My mistake: I copied the name of the Bufflehead twice. I’ve corrected it now, thanks.

      • Gordon Anderson
        Posted December 15, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        Whatever its name it’s still a mean looking duck

  2. Posted December 15, 2019 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! Simply amazing in all ways possible.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Hard to believe photography in the wild can be this good.

  4. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    These photos are soooo outstanding, I have no words.
    Also note that the face photographs of the ducks show that birds have a good eyesight in front, despite their eyes pointing sideways. They do have 2 maculas per eye indeed, one at the ‘normal’ position, opposite the central cornea, and one at the back of the eye,opposite the beak.
    I’m sure if you projected some keratometer light on these corneas, the left and right combined would be close to a perfect circle.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 15, 2019 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      Two maculas per eye? I didn’t know.

    • Richard Bond
      Posted December 16, 2019 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      Is that also the case in squirrels? I see grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) daily in and around my garden, and I was wondering a couple of days ago about the accuracy of their jumping between branches with their eyes on the sides of their heads.

  5. norm walsh
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Superb pics.

  6. merilee
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 9:57 am | Permalink


  7. DTaylor
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Best Merganser photo ever!

  8. Paul Techsupport
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Magnificent images all….but the wren, a favorite of mine, is wonderful. I have spent hours amongst the cattails in marshes around Florida. I have learned to appreciate the wrens but still do not have an image as good. I suppose the appreciation is most important but I am jealous.

    Thanks for making these images available here,

    Paul Peed

  9. Frank Bath
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 11:59 am | Permalink


  10. davelenny
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Wonderfully sharp and detailed photos.

    For some reason, perhaps the eyes, the frontal pictures of the wood duck and merganser seem far more Jurassic Park threatening than the hawk’s semi-frontal photo.

  11. Mark R.
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Even common species like the chickadee and meadow lark are stunning portraits of beauty in these magnificent photos.

  12. Posted December 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Franks, you are truly a treasure. Your work takes my breath away.

  13. Posted December 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Amazing photos as always from Colin!

  14. eheffa
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic Images!

    Thanks for posting these.


  15. Paul Doerder
    Posted December 15, 2019 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Splendid! Great poses, lighting. Z

  16. Posted December 16, 2019 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! Thanks Colin and Jerry!

  17. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 20, 2019 at 3:53 pm | Permalink


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