Two contributors today; the first is reader Ivar Husa, photographer and woodworker, who contributes photos of adorable kildeer chicks (Charadrius vociferus):
I had to get my ‘oar in the water’ on these killdeer pictures. I came across a small family of killdeer near a wildlife refuge road, and took these pictures. They were taken on Lateral C RD, in Yakima County, WA, close to the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge.
Here’s a family, with the chicks looking like miniature adults. Easy one: spot the chicks.
By ‘doing the math’ (knowing the distance to the subject, from EXIF data) I determined that this little bird’s dimensions. Nose-to-tail, this little guy is 3.9” ‘long’, in this pose. Top to bottom he/she is 3.4”.
This is ADORABLE. Don’t you just want to kiss its little head?
For another subject, here is a tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) with a mouth full of bugs to feed its chicks. How do they capture a second (third, fourth) bug without losing the first, in flight?
Finally, an Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) from regular Stephen Barnard, who says it’s a new species for him.