Category Archives: mammals

Scientists spot their first albino panda

I couldn’t resist adding this tweet, which just arrived from Matthew, to the morning’s selection. With its pink eyes, this panda looks like a true albino, and I hope it will be okay. (They have no predators as adults, so its conspicuous color isn’t a detriment, and all they have to do is find bamboo.) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Duncan McCaskill from Canberra sent us a series of photos, à la Eadweard Muybridge, of a kangaroo hopping, and three lagniappe ‘roos. His notes are indented: Here is a sequence of 7 photos of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) hopping. They were taken at about 10 frames per second, so the sequence covers […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since I’ve featured the photos of Colin Franks (website here, Instagram page here, and Facebook page here), but we have a doozy today: a bunch of beautiful photos of a beautiful animal: the red fox (Vulpes vulpes). As you see, wild ones come in different colors. Colin’s notes are only the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send me any good wildlife photos you have, as I am fretting over the lowering level of my photo tank. Thanks! Today we have some photos by Joe Dickinson, whose captions are indented: Here is a second set from Tomales Bay/Point Reyes. [JAC: see first set here.] I think these are least sandpipers (Calidris […]

Momma bear teaches her cubs to fish

Reader Michael called my attention to this video from BBC Earth. (Is there any better venue for wildlife videos?) The whitish mother bear isn’t a polar bear or an albino, but a light color variant of the black bear, found in British Columbia, called the Kermode bear or “ghost bear”.  The variant is produced by […]

Monday: Duck report

Things are quiet at Botany Pond, as the female duck (not Honey) rarely visits, and when she does she incites all the males in the pond to fight by flying over the pond and quacking loudly.  Inter-male carnage ensues. There is often more than one drake around, and although I’m feeding Gregory Peck because he’s […]

Baby bears cross the road

A mother bear gets two distressed cubs to cross the road.  Things to note: FOUR cubs! That’s a lot; I thought the median number was about two. Note the babies’ squalling, which is incredibly cute. The babies appear to be following either the mother’s scent or the mother’s tracks I love the way the mother […]

Reader’s wildlife videos

We haven’t heard from Tara Tanaka in a while, as she’s been traveling and off the grid. But I found that she’s posted several wonderful wildlife videos, three of which I reproduce here (along with her notes, which I’ve indented) with her permission. The first two videos are orchestrated with classical music. Tara’s Vimeo site […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Charles Sawicki sent two orchid photos and commentary (indented): Here are some pictures of my favorite north American orchid, the showy Lady Slipper (Cypripedium reginae). These were taken in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota. They grow only in soggy, grassy or forested areas and are threatened or endangered throughout their range, which […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson is back with some photos from California; his notes are indented. Here are some photos from a recent trip up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes, north of San Francisco.  I’ve fleshed them out with some shots from earlier trips to the same area.  A second set will follow shortly. There were big […]