Category Archives: mammals

Readers’ wildlife photos

I declare it National Raccoon Day, celebrating the masked procyonid that’s beloved by many of us. Here’s a selection of photos of Procyon lotor from readers; their stories are indented. This one’s from Darrell Ernst, who assures me that the uncle knows how to rehabilitate orphaned raccoons: We shipped the kids off for the summer […]

Pair of elephants save calf from drowning

This incident, which must have happened yesterday, is going viral. The video shows two Indian elephants saving a drowning baby who fell into a pool in a Seoul zoo; they do it by working together to push the baby into the shallow end. There’s simply no doubt about their intentions. Sure, nature can be cruel, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Today we’re celebrating urban wildlife. Here are photos from Anne-Marie Cournoyer in Montreal, who (with me) is co-owner of the Café Sauvage, a feeding station for the local beasts. Here are some of the customers (I leave it to readers to identify them): And speaking of squirrels, here’s a juvenile from reader Christopher Moss. His […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a potpourri of photos; the first comes from reader Tim Anderson in Australia, who does astronomical photos: This is a picture of the Jewel Box (NGC 4755), a “small” open star cluster located very close to the Southern Cross. It contains about one hundred stars. The Jewel Box was first described by […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We continue the saga of reader Diane G.’s orphaned raccoons (see here and here for Parts I and II). Her notes are indented: Coonlets in Sunshine I’m really not trying to spam WEIT with these young’uns–honest! But Thursday I finally got some daylight pics, so thought I’d send those along before I quit.  These were taken less than five […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent some photos from California: Most of the following photos were taken at the base of Morro Rock, a prominent feature at Morro Bay that anchors a very long sandbar, providing excellent wildlife habitat. This rather chubby California ground squirrel (Citellus beecheyi) was expertly working tourists visiting the rock. A whimbrel (Numenius […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I was busy this a.m. so this post is late, and oy! does it hurt typing with my mallet finger. More PT is needed! Three days ago I posted some raccoon photos by reader Diane G, and she has an update (indented); it’s a bit sad as the “Fab Five” seem to have lost their […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Two submissions today! The first is one of the rare photo submissions by regular Diane G., and it’s adorable. Her notes are indented: Why I take the bird feeders in at night. Yesterday near midnight I’m taking the dogs out one last time when they’re suddenly in full prey-alert mode. I put the excitable teenager […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Our most regular regular, Stephen Barnard from Idaho, sent photos over a few weeks, which I’ve compiled here. His notes are indented.  First, a video [be sure to put on full screen]: This is a digiscoped video of a Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) calling from his favorite perch across the creek, near where I’m 99% […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have two videos today; be sure to watch them on the site in high-definition and on a full screen. After too long an absence, Tara Tanaka (flickr site here, Vimeo site here) has graced us with a short video of  two Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) growing up. Her notes are indented below I went out every […]