Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have another batch of photos from evolutionary geneticist John Avise. This time they have a theme (his notes and IDs are indented): “Avian mug shots”.  Here are some of the responses I got when I asked these birds to look straight into the camera: California Gull (Larus californicus): Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna): Barn […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Lenora good sent some photos of waterfowl and rodents, and she likes to give many of her pictures anthropomorphic captions, which are included below (all her notes and captions are indented): Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Immature Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos).  “Have I missed any good gossip?” Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and (I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a new contributor today: Avi Burstein. His comments are indented. Most of the species are obvious, but I’ve put “ID?” for ones that readers can help identify. Here are some photos I thought I’d share with you. There’s some variety of bluejay, woodpecker, wild turkey, hummingbird, turtle, hawk and some other small bird […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I implore you once again to send in your good photos. I have a reserve, but it’s not large. Today’s aliquot (you should have learned that word by now) comes from reader William Savage, and comprises lovely bird and landscape photos. (There’s a reptile in there, too.) His captions and IDs are indented: Here are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send in your good wildlife photos (and photos of yourself for the “photos of readers” feature, which is temporarily defunct).  We have two contributors today, whose captions are indented. The first comes from reader Patrick May: Here’s a whitetail doe (Odocoileus virginianus) resting in my backyard.  This is in southern Connecticut.  The deer herd can’t be […]

Reader’s wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka (Vimeo page here, Flickr page here) has graced us with two more of her videos, one very short. (I’ll see her, her famous blind, and her wetlands, the site of many of her videos, in March when I give a talk in Tallahassee.) Tara’s captions are indented, and be sure to play the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Evolutionary geneticist John Avise, whose photos of Antarctic and South Atlantic birds I’ve put up recently, sent an installment of miscellaneous “odd bird” photos from his collection. His captions and IDs are indented. Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) jumping: Even a white Snowy Egret casts a black shadow: Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) courting: Two Common Ravens […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Lorraine sent some photos taken by her friend, which we have permission to post. There are ducks! Her note said, “These are photographs taken in and around Richmond, Virginia by Doug Hayes this past fall and winter.” Doug supplied the IDs; the captions are mine: Female mallard (Anas platyrhynchos): Gadwall ducks (Mareca stepera): Great […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We celebrate the return to this site of evolutionary biologist and ornithologist Bruce Lyon from UC Santa Cruz, who has been busy in the field. Today he tells us about his field work in Argentina, and also about flamingos. Bruce’s emails are also science posts, so read and learn. His narrative is indented: I spent […]

Amazing patterns of bird flight captured in “ornithography”

Reader Lenora called my attention to some stunning bird photos on Atlas Obscura, which you can see in the following article (click on screenshot): Have a look! As author Winnie Lee notes, Bou captures the flight pattern of either single birds or groups of birds by taking videos and then lumping (as I gather) several […]