Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some bird photos from reader Karen Bartelt; her notes are indented: Just a potpourri of “dueling birds” at my feeders last month. Dueling male northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) looking at a red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus): Dueling downy woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens); two females and a male/female confrontation: Dueling northern flickers (Colaptes auratus): We went […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (with bonus science)

Reader Bruce Lyon, who happens to be a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California at Santa Cruz (America’s most beautiful campus), sent a group of photos illustrating a research project, so we can haz some pictures and some science as well. His notes are indented: Golden-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia atricapilla) are migratory songbirds that breed […]

Readers’ wildlife video and photos

Tara Tanaka (Vimeo site here, Flickr site here), has sent us yet another lovely 2 ½-minute  video, this time of a Great Egret (Aredea alba) displaying.  Be sure to watch it on the Vimeo site, enlarged and in high definition. Her notes: For the first time I’ve tried shooting photos from our Gheenoe [a boat], and as […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send in your photos; there’s always a need. Today’s batch comes from reader Tony Eales from Queensland, who sends us pictures from the western part of his country. His notes and IDs are indented: I recently went to Western Australia for a very short visit. It is my first time there and it’s like […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to send in your photos, or I’ll run out within a week!  Reader Tim Garrett sent some of his local wildlife, but we should never neglect those plants and animals that live close to humans! Tim’s notes and IDs are indented: My wildlife photos are mostly of the backyard variety but we have a good […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

As always, I beseech thee to send in thy photos, as I can always use more. We have some more birdies today, and yes, some ice. The first set of three bird pics come from reader Joe McClain of Williamsburg, Virginia (yay!), who writes this: I was a bit under the weather on New Year’s […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a diversity of photos today, but remember to send your good ones in, as the tank is continually draining. The first one comes from Garry VanGelderen, who lives in Ontario (all readers’ notes indented): Male pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) on my suet feeder, in my backyard in the last few days [sent on Jan. […]

Readers’ wildlife video: Valentine’s Day special

Today we have a special Valentine’s Day video from Tara Tanaka (Flickr page here, Vimeo page here); it’s culled “Black Vulture Romance: Just one look. . . “, and shows that you don’t have to be pretty to find love. Tara’s notes: I was culling videos from my last birding trip around Florida, and realized […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Rodger Atkin sent a lovely dragonfly photo from Thailand, which may be a mimic. Though I know of no mimetic dragonflies, I don’t know much about Odonata, and Rodger  asks readers if they know anything about this one. His notes: This was taken in my yard in Thailand. I have never seen markings like those […]

Friday fun: River otter playing in the snow, “dubstep” made with bird sounds and lagniappe

Let’s finish the week seven days closer to death than we were last week, but maybe a bit happier. Have a river otter sliding on the snow. (I wonder if he’s having fun or doing what penguins do: sometimes moving by sliding on the belly.) I didn’t know what a “dubstep” was before, but now I […]