Diana MacPherson sent a photo in an email headed “A female grosbeak with a strange look on her face.” See for yourself (click to enlarge). She added:
I can’t quite articulate the look on this grosbeak’s face but it does seem almost forlorn. She sat there for a while nibbling seeds. I find grosbeaks to be the least worried of all the birds that come up to my feeder.
I’ve found Diana to be inordinately absorbed by the facial expressions of the critters she photographs. Unfortunately, she neglected to include both the common and Latin names of this one (readers take note!). I don’t know from grosbeaks. ID, please?
Reader Tony from Brisbane in Oz writes in modestly:
While I enjoy photographing wildlife I’m not close to the standard of many of your contributors. Nevertheless I’d like to share a few of my favourite snaps with you.
The one “Budgies” is of a flock of Budgerigars [Melopsittacus undulatus] I followed around snapping in central Queensland near the town of Barcaldine. While I’ve never seen the giant flocks that arise after a good season in Central Australia I was still blown away by this flock of around 150 birds.
The photo labelled “chicks” is likely of the young of the Horsfield’s Bushlark [Mirafra javanica]:
And the the one that isn’t a bird is an Eastern Water Dragon [Physignathus lesueurii] which are very common near any water in my city but always great to see. Old males can get to a decent size (comparable to a large Green Iguana) and quite colourful and conspicuous in the breeding season.
Again, if you submit photos of wildlife (or plants), please include both the common name and the Latin binomial. If you don’t know it, no worries, mate, for the readers will.