We have two sets of photos today. Keep ’em coming in, folks, but remember that I can’t guarantee that what you send will be published.
First, reader Pete Moulton sends three photos of his favorite bird, the Green Heron. Pete also has a public ipernity page with many more photos. Click all photos to enlarge.
Here are some shots from the series I posted over the weekend. First, the Green Heron (Butorides virescens} taking aim at its morsel, that barely visible Mexican Amberwing (Perithemis intensa). You can tell this is serious business, even when it involves such tiny prey. Mexican Amberwings are only about 25mm long.
Second, the strike.
And, finally, proudly displaying its catch.
Reader Tyler also sent three photos of my favorite beast, Procyon lotor:
My girlfriend (a U Chicago Alum) and I were visiting my parents in Ohio over the Fourth of July weekend, and we spotted a couple juvenile raccoons in the back yard. I snapped a few pictures from the porch, and [girlfriend] moved in for a closer look with the zoom lens. Initially, the raccoons (apparently siblings) ran up different trees. They were both vocalizing in a somewhat agitated manner until one worked up the courage to join its sibling in the other tree. At this point, their vocalizations seemed to change and become more relaxed. Eventually, they both made a break for it and escaped the pesky paparazza below.
They are such beautiful animals, aren’t they?