Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have two contributors today. The first is Charles Sawicki, who found a beaver! His notes, and those of Stephen below, are indented. Here are photos and a movie of a rescued beaver. This North American beaver (Castor canadensis) was found early last summer as a tiny kit crying in a drainage ditch. Beavers in distress […]

Radiolab on sexual selection in birds

Here’s the latest Radiolab podcast, this time about sexual selection in birds and about Richard Prum’s revival of the idea of “runaway sexual selection,” which he calls the “beauty happens” theory. (It’s in his book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory Shapes the Animal World—and Us.) I’ve written about Prum’s book before, and about my […]

Reader’s wildlife video

Rick Longworth sent a video of birds at his new feeder in Idaho. There are seven of them, and I’ve identified them, in order, below the fold. Guess the species as you watch, and then check to see if you got 100%. Rick’s notes: Birds at the feeder – Having recently moved to the West, […]

Ducks of San Diego

by Greg Mayer On my recent visit to San Diego, I got to see one of my favorite ducks, a merganser. Mergansers are fish-eating diving ducks. Here’s a Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), diving in San Diego Bay, viewed from the Coronado Aquatics Center, on the Coronado Strand. Mergansers have bills adapted to catch their prey, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a new contributor, John Avise, whom I’ve known as a renowned phylogeographer (one who studies evolutionary biogeography from gene patterns); but I didn’t know he was also an excellent photographer. His passion is birds, and here are some of his photos. His IDs and captions are indented. American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana: American Kestrel, Falco […]

Reader’s wildlife video

We have another video from Tara Tanaka in Florida showing a variety of waterfowl, but especially ducks. This one features the hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), and note how the male displays even when his mate is laying eggs in the nest box. Tara’s notes: I looked through the scope this morning and was thrilled to see a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Joe Dickinson sent the first of a two-part series photographed in California. His notes and IDs are indented. Here is the first of two sets from a recent trip to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge over in California’s Central Valley. I think this is a juvenile red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) but would be happy to […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka has a new video, which took her 18 hours to edit. But it’s worth it, at least to us, because it’s lovely and it shows DUCKS! Be sure to click on the video and put it on full screen. Her notes: Canvasbacks  [Aythya valisineria] are one of my favorite ducks, and on this winter […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

While I have a comfortable backlog of photos, I  can always use more, so if you have some good pictures do send them in! Today we have some bird photos taken by reader Paul Peed, whose notes are indented: My primary birding “patch” is T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area located within the Upper St. John’s […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Here’s the second batch of photos taken by Rachel Wilmoth on a trip to Kruger National Park last October (first batch of photos here). Her notes and IDs are indented; some creatures are unidentified and readers are invited to give their take. Here are bird pictures. I am not a birder and don’t know what […]