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Readers’ wildlife photographs

Moar birds today. We have two from regular Diana MacPherson: This photo is a female red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) on the fat. You can tell she is a female because the top of her head is not red. People often see these birds and notice the red neck and cap and wonder why they are called […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

I’m pleased that several readers sent in photographs for the first time. One of them is Donn Ingle, who sent two dozen or so photos, many of  them plants. He introduces himself this way: My story, quickly. I live in Betty’s Bay on (not quite) the southern tip of Africa. I’ve been taking arty pics of […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We’re back, and I have a full tank. Today we have both color and black-and-white pictures from a new contributor, Danish Meman.  His/her notes: I took these images during a very wet autumn day at Omega Park in Quebec. It’s essentially a Canadian Safari. I took all the pictures from the driver’s seat in the […]

The most incredible animal photo in the history of Earth (and lagniappe)

This morning we’ll skip the “readers’ wildlife photos” post in favor of a few striking animal pictures and videos that readers sent me. The first four items are either scary or gruesome, but, you know, that’s nature. I’ve seen a lot of animal photos in my time, but the first one in the series below takes […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

My call for photos elicited a bonanza of lovely pictures, so our tank is temporarily full. Thanks to those who replied! Let’s start, as is customary, with photos from Stephen Barnard in Idaho. He calls these photos of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) “Mug shots” (probably for the crime of piscicide). I’m not sure whether these […]

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 […]

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