Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today. First, some marine lovelies from Jacques Hausser in Switzerland. His notes are indented: I’m just back from Britanny. Switzerland is a landlocked country and we lack close contact with the sea. Thus each spring we organize an optional two weeks internship on coastal ecology and faunistics at the Biological Station […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent some bird photos (and one reptile snap); his captions are indented. Here are the best of my non-goose  photos from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.   (Autocorrect tried to make that “sacrament”, not appropriate for this site.) This is, I believe, my first ever photo of an American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus). This […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the return of Bruce Lyon, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Bruce’s notes are indented: Point Reyes National Seashore is a lovely area in the coast 30 miles north of San Francisco. I have lived in California for two decades but only recently […]

Writer’s travel photos: Madison, Wisconsin

In lieu of readers’ wildlife photos today, I’ll post a few holiday snaps from my trip to Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve already posted food pictures, so here’s the ancillary stuff. The state capitol building, completed in 1917. It has, Dan Barker told me, the most capacious dome of any capitol building in the world, including the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Carrolan sent some cool raptor photos, which constitute part I of a two-part raptor series. As Tom notes, “All are my images or are from my DigiBanding Project or I have longstanding permission to use them.”   His IDs and other notes are indented: The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is easily the most misidentified raptor […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Let’s finish up the batch of photos sent by reader Karen Bartelt, photos taken in Cuba. Today we have OWLS, the cats of the bird world. I’ll repeat her introduction from yesterday’s post: From Cuba!  I just got back from an 11 day birding trip to Cuba.  I had envisioned soldiers, checkpoints, looking at passports, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Heath sent three photos from Mexico: This is a Orange-breasted Bunting, Passerina leclancherii, taken at Playa Chipehua in Oaxaca, Mexico.   A female Oaxacan Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura oaxacana, Mexico’s most endangered Iguana. It is endemic to 100 square kilometers of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, and it is estimated that only about 2500 breeding […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader/biologist Jacques Hausser from Switzerland sends us another batch of lovely orthopterans (see here and here for parts I and II). Jacques’s notes are indented: The third group of Orthopterans, the grasshoppers sensu stricto (suborder Caelifera) can be easily told apart from the Ensifera (bushcrickets/katydids and crickets) by their rather short and sturdy antennae and […]

Bird-shaped murmuration

This lovely and rare picture, a bird-shaped murmuration of starlings, is for real, and was entered (and won) the Vogelwarte annual contest of bird photography. The details: Common Starling | Daniel Biber “In the northeast of Spain, hundreds of thousands of Common Starlings gather at nighttime to sleep. While I was watching this spectacle, the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have a comfortable backlog of photos now, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t send your good pictures to me. (Remember, you can reach me using the email address you get when you click on “Research Interests” at the upper right of the page.) Today we have photos from three readers. The first two […]