Category Archives: readers’ stuff

A bad squirrel; and Gus lagniappe

Reader Chris sent us this amusing anecdote of domestic food thieving. The dominant squirrel got impatient and gnawed his way into the feeder: So I got out the tinsnips and an old tin can: I see I’m not much of a tinsmith as yet, but I guess I am an example of an animal learning […]

Readers’ Wildlife Photos: Hummingbirds & a Tanager

Biologist and naturalist Lou Jost, who lives and works in Ecuador who regularly sends WEIT examples of his amazing photography and art has sent in some more photographs of hummingbirds, this time with a difference. Here’s what he wrote to Jerry. In case people think that all hummingbirds are like the little buzzy things we have […]

Readers’ Wildlife Photos: fledgling harriers

WEIT regular Bruce Lyon sent Jerry fantastic photographs of some young harriers that we have visited before here and here in June when the parents were nesting.   As always, click through on a photograph twice to see it in its original size.   Bruce writes: Jerry kindly posted two previous batches of photos of nesting harriers I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard sends us some photos from Idaho: stills of the aerial dogfights (or ballets) he sees daily between two species of hummingbirds battling around the feeder on his porch. You should know by now that these little guys, while adorable, are fiercely territorial. I’m not sure what damage they can do to each other while […]

Readers’ Wildlife Photos: Arthropods

Mark Sturtevant has sent us on some more great photographs and commentary to go along with them.   Here is yet another installment of budget close-up photography of local arthropods. I am having a wonderful summer doing this, and I think I am slowly getting better at my hobby. The pictures are numbered in the order […]

Readers’ Wildlife Photos: The Moth Edition

Jonathan Wallace from England sent Jerry some amazing photographs of moths. As always if you click through twice on a photograph you can see it in its original size. Jonathan writes: I thought I’d send you a few pictures around the theme of protective colouration in moths to help top up your tank. First, two […]

Readers’ wildlife photos: The Milky Way & Hummingbirds

Thanks to the talents of WEIT’s readers, we have some especially nice photos today. Tim Anderson, who is adept in taking photographs of the cosmos, sent this in with the comment: Here is a photograph of a small section of the Milky Way showing the stars and clouds of dust and gas that inhabit the disk […]

Readers’ Wildlife photos: Snakes!

by Grania Tony Eales sent Jerry a fantastic email and photographs of snakes. He writes:   Snakes and lizards I’ve seen on various jobs. A big ole Black-headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus). I find them interesting because they don’t have the classic diamond shaped python head. I think this is because they hunt reptiles and so don’t […]

Readers’ Wildlife photos: ‘roos & emus & squirrels

bu Grania Michael Glenister wote in with some wonderful photos. He writes: Just got back from our annual trek to the Kangaroo Farm in Kelowna.  Here are a few shots I thought you would enjoy: – a few shots of the (very friendly) Columbian ground squirrels at Manning Park – a praying mantis my eagle-eyed son spotted […]

Readers’ Wildlife Photos: Gulls & Eagles redux

by Grania Reader Joe Dickinson wrote in saying: I was surprised by Grania’s post on eagle vs. gull combat.  When we lived in Utah, we often saw gulls and eagles in close proximity at Farmington Bay, which supports one of the largest wintering populations of Bald Eagles (Haliacetus leucocephalus) in the lower 48 states.  We never saw […]