Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos of birds come from reader Paul Peed, whose photos are available at eBird and Instagram. Paul’s captions are indented. Don’t forget to keep those photos coming in! Night Herons Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)— another patient hunter of the marshes, this heron is the champion at remaining absolutely still while waiting for prey to pass within reach.  […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It takes a lot of reader contributions to keep this post going every day or so, so please send in your GOOD wildlife photos. And remember, landscapes count, too! Today we feature the Alaska photos of reader Debra Coplan. Her captions are indented: I thought I would send a few pictures I took on my […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a potpourri from several readers; their captions are indented. The first is from Barbara Wilson: These dragonflies were photo’d August 8 at Boyle Reservoir, southern Oregon, at the same place, within minutes of each other.  Different damage on the wings indicates that they are different individuals.  Botanist that I am, I thought […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

We have a real treat for you today: four great animal videos taken by reader Rick Longworth. His captions are indented. About 30 young Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) crossed the Snake River accompanied by adults. They are not able to fly yet (early June), but they are approaching adult size. One young one panics when […]

Gay penguins? Not so fast.

Two male King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at the Berlin Zoo have adopted an egg rejected by a female penguin, and the world has gone crazy. Why? Well, for one reason, it’s because Skip and Ping are perceived as “gay penguins”, since they’re a same-sex couple. Here’s the New York Times article about it: The story […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been too long since we’ve had some photos by Stephen Barnard from Idaho, but he came through with this nice batch (and an explanation). His captions are indented. I haven’t been doing much photography, for a variety of reasons, one of which is that I’ve been doing a lot of fishing. This is my  […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

I implore you once again to send me your wildlife photos (or videos). Within a week or so I may have to stop posting here due to lack of material. Reader Garry VanGelderen sent a sea-loving odonate, and weigh in if you can identify it. Not at all sure  what kind of dragonfly this is. […]

A stink eye will prevent gulls from stealing your food

Here’s an interesting result: gulls will not steal your food while you’re looking at them, but if you look away, even if the food is close to you, many of them try to nab it. This is SCIENCE, and is described in the following news report in Science and the original paper on which the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

We have a potpourri of videos and photos today, for sometimes readers send only a few photos. And we have a duck video! From reader Barry Lyons, a Procyon lotor and offspring: This is from my sister Annette, who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. This is from her back yard. Weird halo effect on that baby […]

An ancient giant parrot in New Zealand: one meter tall and weighing fifteen pounds!

Reader Kevin called my attention to this new paper in Biology Letters about a giant fossil parrot found in New Zealand (click on screenshot for link, reference at bottom; pdf is here). For eleven years a pair of large fossil bird bones (16-19 million years old)—two fragmentary “tibiotarsi”—languished in the Museum of New Zealand. Thought […]