Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife (and astronomy) photos

I’m in Las Cruces, New Mexico, staying with old friends, and I have had, beside convivial conversation, a fajita fix and a cat fix (there are two: one is a calico and the other a feisty tuxedo tom). Photos later. I see from a very brief scan of the news that talks with North Korea […]

Videos and a photo from Tara Tanaka

Earlier today my travelogue included a meeting with Tara Tanaka, a reader who’s contributed lots of videos to this site (her Vimeo page is here; her Flickr site is here).  While chatting, she asked me if I’d seen her two videos from earlier this year. I hadn’t, so am putting them up here. Her notes are indented; be […]

Apalachicola: Day 3

When I woke up on Monday, I found an email from reader Tara Tanaka, whose wildlife videos have often graced this site (go here to see all the posts containing her contributions). It turned out that on Monday, Tara, who lives in Tallahassee with her husband Jim (former Head Naturalist of the Florida state park […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ken Phelps sent some sea life (his notes are indented): Returning from fishing off Cabo San Lucas. Local pelicans and sea lions chase the boats in hope of treats. We didn’t provide any, but a bit of arm waving attracts them for a portrait. The sea lions hop up onto the swim grid with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Stephen Barnard is back with some nice pictures from Idaho—and a video.  His captions and descriptions are indented: Cinnamon Teal, Spatula cyanoptera: Hairy Woodpecker, Leuconotopicus villosus: Sandhill Crane, Antigone canadensis: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus), king of the roost, and about as yellow as nature gets: Finally, a HUGE bumblebee that landed on the stripping skirt of my boat while […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent another installment of photos from his trip to the Galápagos. His notes and IDs are indented: This is the “welcoming committee” (Galapagos sea lions, Zalophus wollebaeki) next to the airport where we caught zodiacs to our tour ship. This is a land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus), North Seymour Island subspecies. A magnificent frigatebird […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’ll do a cleanup of those photos I have as singletons or pairs. I have a decent backlog, especially since I’m leaving on Friday for two weeks, but keep sending your photos in. First, Stephen Barnard reports that his two American kestrels (Falco sparverius) seem to have adopted the nest box he built for them, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard is back with some great bird shots from Idaho. His IDs and captions are indented: Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus) like to hunt in the wind, and yesterday was very windy, with gusts up to 45 mph. This female was using the wind to hover over one spot, but she was buffeted erratically by turbulence. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Once again I urge readers to send me their good photographs, as I have on hand only a one-week supply. Thanks. Today we have some gorgeous bowerbirds (and their strange courtship devices) from reader Duncan McCaskill in Canberra. There’s also a bonus cockatoo. Last year I was lucky enough to find a male Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) displaying […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Some kind readers have sent in photos, but I really could use more, so if you have some good ones (no duds!), send them along. Thanks! Here’s a single photo, but a good one, sent just this morning by reader “grasshopper”. His/her/zir/their notes are indented: Here is a photo I took this morning of a […]