Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photos

From reader Gaurav Shah, a new contributer, we have a robber fly (species unidentified). Robber flies (also called “assassin flies” for obvious reasons) are in the family Asilidae; Wikipedia gives a curt but accurate description: They are powerfully built, bristly flies with a short, stout proboscis enclosing the sharp, sucking hypopharynx. The name “robber flies” reflects their […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

The tank is running low again, so if you have good photos (and by “good,” I mean photos of the quality comparable to those that regularly appear here), by all means send them to me. Today we have two photos by a new contributor, reader Helen Iwanik, who photographed these mangrove tree crabs (Aratus pisonii) in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Colin Franks has a complete sequence of Bald Eagles  (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) mating. I now issue a challenge to Stephen Barnard to match or better this series with his own eagle porn. Colin’s notes: I recently caught something very special with my camera – the entire mating sequence of two adult Bald Eagles! Attached is just […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Send in your photos! I have less than a week’s worth in the photo folder. Reader Joe Dickinson (a one-time Drosophila guy whose “scientific monicker” is W. J. Dickinson) sent us some lovely tropical fish from his expeditions to French Polynesia. After seeing him, I asked what equipment he used, and whether he did scuba-diving […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Bird Day! I’ve always thought that starlings, jays, and cardinals are underappreciated because (like Coca Cola) they are ubiquitous. All of these are gorgeous birds, and if Coca Cola were rare and pricey, people would pay a lot of money for it. Today reader Amy sends some lovely photos of the Blue Jay, and some […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ll begin (as we often do) with the photos of Stephen Barnard in Idaho, who is following the adventures of his “pet” bald eagles, Desi and Lucy (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), as they prepare to nest and breed. Here are two photos of the pair, with the first an enlargement of the second. There are also camera notes: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Actually, today we have mostly travel photos from reader Ken Phelps. I’m still going to concentrate on wildlife in the future (and perhaps the occasional landscape), but because these scenes will soon be gone when Cuba turns into another Aruba, I thought I’d put them up to document an endangered culture. The cars are endangered, too: […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Let’s start with an update on Lucy and Desi (and you should all know where those names come from), Stephen Barnard’s pair-bonded eagles who will soon produce a family. Stephen took two pictures and also supplied a caption that can apply to both: “I’m outta here. See ya later.” “Bring back a fish!” Bald Eagles […]

Readers’ wildlife photos, now with moar biology

We have two more photos from reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho, who appears to still be alive despite his ownership of a new, high-powered sports car. His customary pair of eagles, Desi and Lucy, have returned as well, and appear ready to make more eaglets. Yet another Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in flight: The bald eagles (Haliaeetus […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs (and some biology)

Today we have photos from the U.S. and the Neotropics. First, a single picture from reader Michele in Arizona: Princess finds a desert kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula). I suspect it was here to eat some lizards, which my small backyard is full of.  Princess has also found spadefoot toads and even a baby diamondback rattlesnake.  She just observes […]

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