Category Archives: mammals

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

Here are some snaps and three videos of our whale-watching trip on September 5 in Monterey Bay. I’ve written about it before, and showed a few videos, so here are a few ancillary snaps and a video showing the (short-beaked) dolphins porpoising by our boat as well as several big humpbacks surfacing while feeding. I […]

Travel and wildlife photos

As I didn’t have much time to post travel and wildlife pics on my recent trip to California, I’ll try to post a few every day. On the day after arrival, we visited Año Nuevo State Park near Santa Cruz, one of the protected sites where Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris) bask and breed. Thanks to reader and […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Stephen Barnard has returned with some lovely photos from his ranch in Idaho. His captions are indented: First, a Rainbow Trout (the eye, Oncorhynchus mykiss) about to eat a Callibaetis mayfly, taken a few days ago. The mayfly is in the act of laying eggs, clearly seen in the photo. Callibaetis mayflies have the notable property that […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a non-reader video)

As I wrote five days ago, adding video and photos, biologist Bruce Lyon and I boarded a small vessel in Moss Landing, California, hoping to see humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). As my videos and photos showed, we were amply rewarded, seeing not only whales breaching, lunge-feeding, and surface feeding, but also seeing them accompanied by literally hundreds […]

Whale watching and mass predation

Here are just a few photos and videos of our whale-watching trip that left from Moss Landing, California, and took four hours. I was accompanied by UCSC ecologist/ornithologist Bruce Lyon, who also showed us on this trip peregrines and the elephant seals I wrote about previously. Bruce has contributed many photo series to this site. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson had a trip to Africa six years ago, but I’ve been dilatory in putting up his photos (these were sent this year). There are three sets to go, which I’ll post in the following weeks. Here’s the first, with Joe’s comments indented: Here is set 2 from Africa 2012, all from Chobe […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson recently returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and we have a third batch of pictures, all from New Zealand (see here and here for the other two). His captions are indented: Here are some wildlife photos from New Zealand, with a decided admixture of wonderful scenery. First, spectacular Mt. Cook on the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a potpourri today. First, photos from Margaret Shofner, who says this about the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana): The whole world loves cat food. We get possums and raccoons when I forget to bring in the porch kitties’ food. We live in a small town in north-central Texas. I’m rarely without a lap cat, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have several sets of photos from Joe Dickinson, but this batch just arrived (the others are on my computer in Chicago) and I have a few minutes to post. Joe calls this set “seals and squirrels,” but I would add a subtitle: “Nature’s Pugnacity.” His captions are indented. We recently spent a few days […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

In response to my call for photos, reader Joe Dickinson found some six-year-old shots from a trip to Africa. His notes are indented: Responding to recent requests for more wildlife submissions, I’ve gone to my archives and pulled up photos from my first Africa trip.  Dating from April, 2012, these are from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia […]