Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to send in your good wildlife photos. The tank doesn’t fill itself! We have two contributors today, the first being Tim Anderson from Oz, who sent us both an astronomy photo and an animal photo. First the critters, one of the rare moth species that migrate. A pair of migrating bogong moths (Agrotis infusa) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Paul Peed, whose are available at Instagram and eBird, sent us some photos of a raptor we don’t see often here: the snail kite.  His notes are indented. (Note the curved and asymmetrical beak in the penultimate photo.) Raptors at T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area Series Snail Kite The Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) feeds almost exclusively […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have two contributors today. The first is Charles Sawicki, who found a beaver! His notes, and those of Stephen below, are indented. Here are photos and a movie of a rescued beaver. This North American beaver (Castor canadensis) was found early last summer as a tiny kit crying in a drainage ditch. Beavers in distress […]

Reader’s wildlife video

Rick Longworth sent a video of birds at his new feeder in Idaho. There are seven of them, and I’ve identified them, in order, below the fold. Guess the species as you watch, and then check to see if you got 100%. Rick’s notes: Birds at the feeder – Having recently moved to the West, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a new contributor, John Avise, whom I’ve known as a renowned phylogeographer (one who studies evolutionary biogeography from gene patterns); but I didn’t know he was also an excellent photographer. His passion is birds, and here are some of his photos. His IDs and captions are indented. American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana: American Kestrel, Falco […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Be sure to send in your good wildlife photos, for I’m getting a bit nervous as the level in the tank drops. Reader Mark Sturtevant has some more insects for us today; his notes are indented. Here are more pictures of arthropods from a couple summers ago. First up is a fairly large robber fly (Efferia, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Carl Sufit sent us some nice underwater photos, and I hope we’ll have more from him and others in the future. His notes are indented: After reading your notes from Hawaii, with various underwater images, I felt it was time to send you some of mine. Underwater photography is even harder than surface photography, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joshua Lincoln sent some gorgeous photos of dragonflies. His notes and IDs are indented: Anisopterans (Dragonflies). Anisoptera from Greek anisos (unequal) and pteron (wing). In dragonflies the hindwing tends to be shaped differently (generally broader) from the forewing. Damselflies (Zygoptera) tend to have both fore- and hind wingssimilar, zugós (even). Interestingly, common (English) names did not exist for Odonates […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Joe Dickinson sent the first of a two-part series photographed in California. His notes and IDs are indented. Here is the first of two sets from a recent trip to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge over in California’s Central Valley. I think this is a juvenile red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) but would be happy to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I importuned Stephen Barnard for three photos that I saw on his Facebook page, and he reluctantly but kindly complied. His notes are indented. Be sure to send me your good photos of wildlife, astronomical phenomena, or even landscapes, as the tank is draining (there’s still a decent backlog, though).  I have a note that I […]