Category Archives: mammals

Nevertheless, he persisted: Sammy the seal begs for fish

In a small seaside town in Ireland, Sammy the seal makes a daily appearance to beg fish from the fishmonger. I don’t know how this behavior started, but I suspect someone from the store gave him a fish. The rest is history. The YouTube notes: Sammy the Seal begs for fish outside a restaurant in […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

This will be the last dollop of photos until mid-November, but if you’ve sent them to me, they will appear eventually. Today Reader Tony Eales from Brisbane has some great photos from Brunei. His notes and IDs are indented. So I went to Brunei as a paying volunteer on a taxonomic expedition with a group […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard is back with some lovely photos from Idaho—including mallards! His notes are indented: First, a couple of photos of some elk (Cervus canadensis) I found in my backyard after I came home from a weekend trip. This group is part of a larger herd of at least 100. It appears to be dominated […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the penultimate set of photos from reader Joe Dickinson’s trip to Africa in 2012. His notes are indented: It is pretty common to see a warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) kneeling to graze.  You can tell from the hose in the background that this one is on the grounds of one of our hotels. The […]

Otter cries for noms

As you read this, I will be speaking in a fancy Zagreb theater on religion vs. science. But I’ve scheduled this in advance so you can hear this lovely otter vocalize as I vocalize less cutely. The YouTube notes: Boo the pet otter loves his food and is always excited for dinner time, so much […]

America’s Fattest Bear

The Cut has a summary of Fat Bear Week: an annual competition among the grizzlies of Katmai National Park in Alaska to see who is the Bear of Greatest Size. But don’t worry, for this is healthy obesity—packing on pounds for the Winter Sleep. The website gives details: Fat Bear Week — a fleeting celebration of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Be sure to send me photos, but please not between this Thursday and a week from Friday, as I’ll be in Croatia then. Today’s swell photos of birds (and a squirrel as lagniappe) are from reader A. W. Savage, whose comments and IDs are indented. Here are some photos from a few years back, all […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tim Anderson, who lives in Cowra, southeastern Australia sent some lovely parrot photos (he adds that there’s a poem about his region by Banjo Patterson). Attached are pictures of Superb Parrots (Polytelis swainsonii), which are currently visiting my neighborhood. This species is somewhat endangered in this area, as land clearing has reduced the number of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Send in your good nature photos, please! Today we have some nice photos from Idaho taken by Stephen Barnard; I’ve indented his commentary: A rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) taking an unidentified insect. A mahogany dun mayfly— last mayfly to hatch here in the fall. Common named: could be any of several species and even genera. Great horned […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Do send me your good wildlife photos; I’m getting a bit nervous as the tank runs low. . . First up today is reader Barbara Wilson, who sent photos of ducks (!!!) and blackbirds. Her words are indented: Surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) are by far the most common near-shore sea ducks on the Oregon Coast.  The bill […]