Category Archives: mammals

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send in your photos; there’s always a need. Today’s batch comes from reader Tony Eales from Queensland, who sends us pictures from the western part of his country. His notes and IDs are indented: I recently went to Western Australia for a very short visit. It is my first time there and it’s like […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s warmed up a bit in Ontario, and Diana MacPherson has some lovely photos of emerging chipmunks. Below are her notes for a series that could be called “Four Ways of Looking at a Chipmunk”, but which Diana calls “Someone is awake from torpor”: With the warm weather, the resident chipmunk has woken from torpor and […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to send in your photos, or I’ll run out within a week!  Reader Tim Garrett sent some of his local wildlife, but we should never neglect those plants and animals that live close to humans! Tim’s notes and IDs are indented: My wildlife photos are mostly of the backyard variety but we have a good […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Cameron Way of Fort Collins, Colorado sent a passel of photos that, he said, depicted “playing” in his backyard. He identifies them as fox squirrels (Sciurus niger), but isn’t sure. When I asked him if they were playing or fighting, he responded, “I don’t know if they were fighting, but there was a lot of this, […]

Here’s the fossa!

I bet you didn’t spot the fossa in this morning’s post, as that was a hard one. Here’s the answer, with the fossa circled (click to enlarge). There’s also a gif: Here's a gif showing the fosa in action. They're semi-arboreal; you're just as likely to see them in trees as on the ground. pic.twitter.com/WLOfc468nN […]

Friday fun: River otter playing in the snow, “dubstep” made with bird sounds and lagniappe

Let’s finish the week seven days closer to death than we were last week, but maybe a bit happier. Have a river otter sliding on the snow. (I wonder if he’s having fun or doing what penguins do: sometimes moving by sliding on the belly.) I didn’t know what a “dubstep” was before, but now I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Nature isn’t always pretty, particularly when natural selection is acting, as it might be here. These photos come from reader Robert Lang, who called the sequence, “Brown water, green death.”  His  captions are indented: These are some photos from a trip last year to Kenya. One of the highlights of the trip was watching a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent some nice photos of a trip to the desert. His notes are indented: I don’t think I sent in any photos from my trip to the Australian deserts in June-July last year. I had been out to the Strzelecki and Simpson Deserts for work in May 2015 and found […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Kevin, who tells me that he sometimes posts under the name “LittleBoyBrew” (he brews fine ales), sent some pictures of Aussie animals, and several of his cat. His notes are indented: You have mentioned the need to keep pictures coming. I humbly submit my own. Last June my wife and son and I traveled […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Barbara Wilson sent a series of sea lion photos; her notes are indented: Male California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) travel far north of their breeding grounds during the winter.  The external ears distinguish sea lions from seals.  Males of this species are identified by the domed heads.  I’m not sure if the one with […]