Readers’ wildlife photos

August 20, 2014 • 5:29 am

I’m cleaning out the backlog here, but we’re approaching a scarcity of good photos. Fortunately, we still have some treehoppers left from reader Mike McDowell, and three stray pictures from Ed Kroc.

First, the treehopper Smilia camelus:


A Widefooted Treehopper, Campylenchia latipes (I can imagine horror movies based on giant versions of these things):


Treehopper,  Glossonotus univittatus.  Mike’s equipment is a Nikon 1 V1 & Tamron 60mm 1:1 Macro Lens.


From reader Ed Kroc in British Columbia, a Glaucous-winged gull and chicks Larus glaucescens) at Tsawwassen, near Vancouver:

GW Gulls at Tsawwassen

And the fluffy chick. Everybody hates gulls, but aren’t they cute when young?

GW Gull nestling

Finally, a black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus). in velvet:

Black-tailed Deer



11 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. I take issue that everybody hate Gulls. They are magnificent creatures soaring on the the winds of Lake Michigan. Waking up to their melodious calls energizes me to attack a new day.

    1. I love gulls. I love any animals that manage to not only coexist, but thrive among humans. They are cheerful and social. When my mother had ALZ, I frequently took her to the parking lot of a big box store parking lot to feed the seagulls. They would always cooperate, coming right up on our car or catching french fries in mid air. They always cheered her up.

  2. About a week ago I was in the gardening section of our local Home Depot. We are accustomed to hearing the tweets and twitters of nesting birds on the high shelves, but this time the bird sounded more like a car alarm. Very loud! I never saw it, but I think it must have been a gull chick.

    In any case, excellent pictures, all, and the young gull chicks are cute!

    1. I find the cry of distant gulls to be strangely emotive, giving me a feeling of longing for I do not know what. Up close, the cry makes me specifically long for greater distance.

  3. “Everybody hates gulls, but aren’t they cute when young?”

    Well, not everybody hates gulls. If you have read Niko Tinbergen’s “The Herring Gull’s World” then you will probably have a far better opinion of them–every bit as nasty and brutish as humans. It is also a great text for the scientific methodology for people, like me, who have to take behavior as it happens and not as accommodating to someone’s planned experiment. The many hundreds of hours he spent observing herring gulls under all manner of circumstances and the emergence of an understanding of herring gull behavior makes this one of the greatest books for behavioral scientists. His “Curious Naturalists” is another great book. Unfortunately sociologists and anthropologists still are having a hard time with the concept of “hard wired” behaviors in humans. But there are many of our behaviors practiced by the gulls. And perhaps that is why they are so disliked.

    And of course they are cute when they are young. Just like kittens, p*ppies, and human young (who are not usually the least bit attractive for several months after they are born except to the parents and doting friends and relatives).

  4. Without a doubt, gulls are my favourite type of creature, especially the large white-headed gulls of the northern latitudes. They have beautiful and varied voices, and are unashamed to use them to their fullest. They are graceful aviators, speeding and sauntering through the skies with equal ease. They are clever and crafty, and many species have adapted so well to urban and other human-distorted environments that I sometimes wonder if our cities aren’t accidentally built for them. They are territorial, but altruistic, and quite loyal to members of their extended family. They can ride the waves, walk the shore, or cruise the skies with seemingly equal ease. Their calls at sunset as they return to the water for an evening repast are some of the most emotive sounds on earth. They epitomize freedom.

    That’s all just my opinion of course. Certainly a lot of people dislike gulls (perhaps even the majority), but I’m always glad to see how many people do actually enjoy and marvel at these most common but remarkable of creatures.

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