Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Charles sent some hummers from California: The hummingbirds have returned to my neck of the woods in northern California.  Here are a few photos from this week. I have only identified two species thus far:  Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) and Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus ).  The male Anna’s has the bright magenta throat and the male […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ve mentioned that most of the photos that have been sent to me reside on my Big Computer back in Chicago (the mowse is the size of a CAW!), so I’m largely confined to showing photos sent me while I’m here in Boston (I’ll be home on Thursday). Fortunately, some readers have continued to send […]

Readers’ wildlife photograph: Easter edition

Stephen Barnard sent a holiday-themed picture from Idaho: Deets and I accidentally spooked a Canada Goose [Branta canadensis] off this nest. I took a quick photo and moved on. I’m surprised they can nest successfully on  the ground with all the predators around. Seemed appropriate for Easter.

Boston and Cambridge: Random photos

Actually, these are nonrandom photos—I constantly hear people misusing the word “random” all the time. First, today’s morning Easter Coffee, complete with a Marshmallow Peep® (I have to admit that I absolutely love these sugary death-bombs): Garcia, the resident cat: We took a walk through Cambridge and then across the river to Boston yesterday. Along the […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Ed Kroc from the Vancouver, B.C. area sent some photos from the shore, and a story of his encounter with a pair of one of the world’s smartest birds, the raven. Here are some wildlife pictures for your consideration. This is a batch from a trip to Tofino back in February. First is a Purple […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ve left most of my photos on my laptop in Chicago, so I’ll be largely restricted to posting things that are sent while I’m in Boston (till April 9).  Fortunately, Stephen Barnard sends photos regularly, and, even more fortunately, they’re good ones. Here are a few Northern harriers (Circus cyaneus): I was walking along an […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Joe Dickinson sent some lovely pictures of sea turtles. I had no idea that they had “cleaning stations,” or even engaged in a symbiotic relationship with cleaner fish. I suppose it’s a genuine symbiosis because the turtles also benefit by the fish removing algae that cause drag. Here are some green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today, Stephen Barnard is back with a passel of photos from Idaho. First, we have three ways of looking at a black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia): This is a super common bird, but in my opinion one of the hardest birds to capture. They’re smart, wary, and fast. And Desi, one of the two bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Donn Ingle sent a variety of photos from his South African homeland (he lives in Betty’s Bay at the southern tip of the country). The captions are his: Bee dancing in Protea repens: Drososera sundew of unknown appetite: Hoverfly on Nivenia: Southern double-collared sunbird [Cinnyris chalybeus]: Spider catching a bee: The sassy ass of a […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Three oddments today, the first a trio of rescue birds from reader Joe Dickinson (and yes, non-domestic rescue animals count as wildlife!): Didn’t know rescue birds counted as wildlife.  Here are three from the Sitka Raptor Center, Alaska.  First, a Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma), then a Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) and, of course, a […]

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