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Readers’ wildlife photographs

We start today with a bird that Stephen Barnard photographed in his hand. The explanation: Immature male Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). He stunned himself by flying into a window. After I snapped the photo he seemed OK. And Joe McClain from Williamsburg, Virginia, sent some animal “selfies” as well as a picture of his son […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Colin Franks, whose website is here and whose photography Facebook page here, sent a batch of nice bird photos, of which I’ll show only about a third today: Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor: Female Wood Duck, Aix sponsa: Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris: Juvenile Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus: Adult Great Horned Owl   Bubo virginianus: Blue-winged Teal (male), Anas discors: California Quail, Callipepla […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (including paleobiology!)

I’m pleased to feature some paleontology today from reader John Scanlon.  In case you didn’t know, stromatolites are layered accretions of microorganisms, usually cyanobacteria (“blue-green algae”), and they represent some of the oldest fossils on earth: about 3.5 billion years old—only about a billion years after the Earth was formed. But these accretions are still formed today by living bacteria, […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

I was tempted to call this, á la BuzzFeed, “You won’t believe these bird photographs!”, but refrained.  They’re pictures of pied-billed grebes taken by Pete Moulton of Arizona, who wanted me to add that he’d be glad to answer readers’ questions in the comments. I wanted to emphasize Pete’s offer because nearly everyone who sends me […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have a nice selection of Nearctic birds from reader Kenneth Crook: ​I just returned from a 2 week vacation in Iceland with my own family and that of another WEIT reader (indeed I think it was he who first pointed me in the direction of your website a few years ago).  Completely stunning […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Once again I’m a bad person—I lost the email from Stephen Barnard (May 3) in which he describes the subjects of these lovely photos. But I think readers should be able to suss out most of them, so weigh in below with the harder ones: Somehow Stephen always manages to sneak in a photo of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Let’s begin with photos from our most regular regular, Stephen Barnard of Idaho. He sent three pictures of the Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) with the note, “You don’t see many photos of these in flight.” As the Cornell bird site notes about this species: With dark gray upperparts and a neat white tip to the tail, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’re featuring the reptiles of the Galápagos archipelago, and the photos came from reader Joe Dickinson: Inspired by recent posts and comments on Galapagos wildlife, here are some photos of reptiles from my 2006 visit. First a couple of marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus): Then a less common (or harder to find) land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus): […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a diversity of fauna (and flora) today. We’ll begin with a lovely photograph by Stephen Barnard: a honeybee (Apis sp.) in flight over a Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata): Reader Leo Glenn, who identifies himself as “the staff of Baxter and Gremlin”, has a caterpillar: As you just posted a reader’s (Matthew Rave) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

The tank is filling up, but keep sending in your photos. We have three contributors today; the first is Matthew Rave, who sends us another pareidolia image of Jesus. These are becoming distressingly frequent: This is a  beautiful insect I cannot identify (I am a theoretical physicist, not a biologist).  For context, I live in the […]

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