Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your wildlife photos, as the tank is running low. I have a smallish backlog, but it’s not big enough to make me complacent. Thanks! Today we finish up John Avise’s bird photos from Antarctica and the South Atlantic, and we have two species of penguins on show: Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

In the spirit of last week’s Penguin Appreciation Day, we continue with our series on biologist John Avise’s penguin shots from a recent trip to the Antarctic, the Falklands, and South Georgia. And remember, it’s always Penguin Appreciation Day, as almost all species are endangered by global warming and the breakup of ice. John’s notes and […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I think we’ll continue with evolutionary biologist John Avise’s Antarctic-region photos until they’re exhausted, which will be a few more days. The rest of them are penguins, which of course I feature with great joy. We’ll have one species each day. John’s captions are indented. Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua):  

Winners, Bird Photographer of the Year contest

It looks as if today’s post will be on science, which is good because I’m sure that you, like me, are tired of the endless and often depressing news about politics. My Modern Met (click on screenshot below) has a selection of winners from the 2019 Bird Photographer of the Year contest, now in its […]

Boston: Penguin Day visit to the Aquarium, and noms

As yesterday was Penguin Appreciation Day, we decided to visit the refurbished New England Aquarium, which has a lovely penguin exhibit, as well as many other nice exhibits. (They care well for their animals.) The penguin tank, which is huge, occupies the whole first floor of the aquarium, and, though it’s said to harbor rockhopper […]

Reader’s wildlife video

It’s been a while since we heard from Tara Tanaka, but she’s back with a lovely video called “One fine morning in my backyard blind” (her Vimeo page is here and her Flickr page here). There’s a substantial description (indented): The water has been low in our cypress swamp for months now, but is holding unusually […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

In honor of Penguin Awareness Day (see #PenguinAwarenessDay), we have some lovely penguin photographs taken by evolutionary biologist John Avise from UC Irvine. Here are King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) from South Georgia. (John’s notes and IDs are indented). Me with a couple of my new buddies: Youngster molting: Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae): JAC: I love […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we feature a couple of photos from the past month or so, all sent by reader Christopher Moss. His captions are indented. The first pictures are of a Mystery Bird. I’m stumped with this one! Starling sized, thin beak (unlike a grosbeak or finch beak), yellow breast and vent, with a whitish belly. No […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I left my folder of readers’ photos in Chicago, but have received recent emails from evolutionary biologist John Avise that I can plunder for photos while I’m out of town. It turns out that John took a cruise to the Antarctic last year, also visiting the Shetlands but, unlike me, also went to South Georgia […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the second set of bird photos taken by Joe Dickinson on a recent visit to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in in the California Central Valley near Los Banos (the first set is here). Joe’s captions are indented. This great blue heron (Ardea herodias)  looks to me like it has some blood on […]