Category Archives: fish

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have photos from four readers today. The first is from Stephen Barnard, whose documentation of a brood of gadwall ducklings was posted this summer. I believe eleven were hatched, and nine survived. What took them? Maybe an Onchorhynchus mykiss: Here’s a rainbow trout that may have been responsible for some gadwall duckling fatalities. Urban […]

The bird-eating fish: now online

Five days ago I put up some information about and the trailer for the new BBC series”Blue Planet II”, narrated by David Attenborough and starting this Sunday from 8-9 UK time. In my post I much regretted the prequel not showing one amazing finding that the Torygraph singled out when describing the show: Among the most […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

Reader Stephen Barnard sent a bunch of photos of birds, mammals, and fish, and added this: Recent inhabitants of my farm. I’ve posted and identified all the species in the past (with the exception of Mr. & Mrs. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus), so the IDs are left as an exercise for the reader. I see he […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John Chardine just returned from a cruise to west Greenland and Labrador, where he’s on the expedition staff and gives lectures, and will soon head off to Antarctica. He’s clearly living my dream! I’m jealous but nevertheless present his nice photos of  shorebirds. His notes are indented: I’ve just had a chance to get out […]

Scuba diver visits same fish daily–for 25 years!

If you can have your heart warmed by a fish, or rather a relationship between a man and a fish, have a look at this video and the brief notes about it (below) posted on Twisted Sifter. The fish is an Asian sheepshead wrasse, Semicossyphus reticulatus.  These Two Have Seen Each Other Nearly Every Day for […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Stephen Barnard from Idaho has sent photos and a video from his frequent bouts of fishing, as well as two photos for lagniappe. First, the video, with Stephen’s notes indented: Shot this video this morning. [July 19]. There are Callibaetis and Trico spinners on the water — plenty of both. The Callibaetis are the large […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since we’ve had a collection of photos from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, though I’ve posted his documentation of The Gadwell Clan. Here are some non-duck photos with his captions: I look for these Common Nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) when I’m fishing. When they show up in numbers (which they do most mornings and […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some photos sent by reader Darrell Ernst in Florida (as noted, they were taken by his daughter). His comments are indented. Here are a few from our local area, not all birds! (All taken by my daughter Brianna). This Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, doesn’t seem to be the trusting sort. This Florida […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Up first we have four photos from reader Will from Morris, Illinois, showing Nature red in scale and fang. His notes are indented: Yet another reason for me to like fishing:  I get out and see things like this.  While fishing the Fox River near Yorkville, Illinois, I came upon a northern water snake (Nerodia […]

Why do cave fish evolve to become blind?

As you almost certainly know, animals from many groups have colonized caves, and more often than not they evolve to lose or reduce their eyes in the Stygian environment. But why? It’s hard to tell, for losing eyes takes thousands of generations, and we’re not around long enough to do experiments. I seem to recall an […]