Category Archives: mammals

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ve received several batches of wildlife photos on the road, but haven’t posted them as it takes a long time to do the travel posts, which I put together in my motel in the evening. Today’s post, from reader Don Bredes in Wheelock, Vermont, is an easy one, though, as it has only two photos. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ken Phelps sent some sea life (his notes are indented): Returning from fishing off Cabo San Lucas. Local pelicans and sea lions chase the boats in hope of treats. We didn’t provide any, but a bit of arm waving attracts them for a portrait. The sea lions hop up onto the swim grid with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent another installment of photos from his trip to the Galápagos. His notes and IDs are indented: This is the “welcoming committee” (Galapagos sea lions, Zalophus wollebaeki) next to the airport where we caught zodiacs to our tour ship. This is a land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus), North Seymour Island subspecies. A magnificent frigatebird […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’ll do a cleanup of those photos I have as singletons or pairs. I have a decent backlog, especially since I’m leaving on Friday for two weeks, but keep sending your photos in. First, Stephen Barnard reports that his two American kestrels (Falco sparverius) seem to have adopted the nest box he built for them, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Jim Trice from Oz sent me some photos from back in February; his notes and IDs are indented. One of the world’s cutest mammals is at the bottom. Some recent visitors to my yard to help top up the photo tank. Shot 1 is of a damselfly resting on one of our lavender bushes […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard is back with some great bird shots from Idaho. His IDs and captions are indented: Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus) like to hunt in the wind, and yesterday was very windy, with gusts up to 45 mph. This female was using the wind to hover over one spot, but she was buffeted erratically by turbulence. […]

Bat rescue: Kali the flying fox

Make sure you enlarge and turn the sound up on this video, which I purloined from Facebook. It’s the story of how an endangered fruit bat (“flying fox”) named Kali was rescued by keepers at the Oregon Zoo. As the video notes, Kali is a Rodrigues flying fox (Pteropus rodricensis), endemic to the 108 km² […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’m delighted to have Stephen Barnard back, who took a hiatus from photography. Here are some of his photos from Idaho, along with his captions (indented): The weather and the lighting are improving so I’m back to taking some photos. First, an in-flight photo of a pair of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis). They breed here […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader George Pawlus, who once brought me diet sodas during the Great Soda Tax Episode in Cook Country, found Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) in Illinois: Attached are some pictures of a pair of Sandhill Cranes I took in my girlfriend’s backyard –in Bartlett, IL.  They are 4 to 4.5 feet tall.  Completely unafraid of people. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today. First, some marine lovelies from Jacques Hausser in Switzerland. His notes are indented: I’m just back from Britanny. Switzerland is a landlocked country and we lack close contact with the sea. Thus each spring we organize an optional two weeks internship on coastal ecology and faunistics at the Biological Station […]