Category Archives: mammals

How hamsters stuff their cheeks (and lagniappe)

I was going to do a somewhat complex post on consciousness today, but Duck Farming has been onerous and, as Matthew and I discovered on a Skype call today, we’re both having trouble concentrating during this period. Consciousness shall thus be postponed until tomorrow and instead we’ll have something not mindless but simple and biological. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from Chile by Joe Dickinson, who was kind enough to include food photos for my benefit. Joe’s notes are indented: Here are some photos from a recent trip to Chile that we stuck with in careless disregard of CDC admonitions (i.e., that people of our age should in no circumstances get […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have several contributions today. The first is from reader Patrick Tracy, who sent a prize photo. His words (and those of the other contributors) are indented: I take a lot of photos of the local critters. Some of them come out okay, but once in a while I get a good one. I feel […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales in Queensland sent a bunch of photos (and please don’t forget to send yours!). Tony’s notes and IDs are indented. More stuff from our local subtropical rainforests close to Brisbane, Queensland where I live. I see a lot of these tiny leafhoppers in, I think, the sub-family Cedusinae, on the underside of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos come from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose words are indented (note the hint to “embiggen”): Here are more summer pictures of arthropods. Clicking to “embiggen” is generally recommended. The first two pictures are of a large female walking stick, Diapheromera femorata. In the first picture I tried to blur the background, and I think it […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Paul Hughes was a passenger on the first of my two trips to Antarctica last fall.  He took a gazillion photos, and sent me two batches, the first of which I’ll put up today. Paul’s notes and IDs are indented. (This counts as documentation of my trip, too, since we were on the same […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is the first part of a two-part contribution by regular Joe Dickinson. Joe’s notes and IDs are indented. Here is the first of two sets of photos from a trip down the coast to Cambria and Morro Bay.  That means, of course, elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris), sea otters (Enhydra lutris) and California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus […]

Readers’ wildlife

We have contributions from two readers today. The first is a stunning leucistic pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), with the photo taken by Peter Thornquist and sent in by his friend, reader Gregory. The bird is the subject of an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click on screenshot), An excerpt: The leucistic pileated Thornquist photographed Saturday was […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and one of mine)

Today we’re continuing on with David Hughes’s photos from India, the first aliquot which I posted yesterday. Here’s the introduction, and David’s captions are indented: In December 2018 I went on a wildlife-viewing tour to three tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh, central India, a trip I can thoroughly recommend if it ever takes your fancy. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Several readers, to my relief, sent in new batches of wildlife photos, so we’re okay for a while. But please don’t forget to send photos to me when you have good ones to show off. Our new contributor is David Hughes, who lives in Scotland, and his comments are indented (there are more pictures from […]