There are lots of birds today, but we have one creature for the herpers, too. American reader Joe Dickinson sends some photos from California:
From my morning walk down by Rio del Mar Beach and Aptos Creek, here are a brown pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis) sleeping on the wall adjacent to the promenade, oblivious to (or ignoring) walkers and joggers passing within 3 or 4 feet. . .
. . . and another black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) perched in exactly the same spot as the one I sent about 10 days ago, but with better light. This one is a mature adult displaying its debonair plume.
For contrast, I’m throwing in pelicans engaged in something of a feeding frenzy, taken about two months ago a little way along the beach. The location of the sleeping pelican is near the left edge of this shot.
Reader John Scanlon sends birds and a skink from Oz:
Herewith are several pics taken at Busselton, south of Perth on the west coast of southwestern Australia, that might be nearly good enough to use. Common and widespread species that I managed to get close to, so no testament to fancy skills or equipment.
Tiliqua rugosa (called Bobtail in WA, usually Shingleback in NSW, Sleepy Lizard in SA) on beachside dunes at midday, showing particularly good cryptic pattern on leaf litter and moss. One of the large Bluetongue skinks, obviously.
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosus), nice waddling pose, and good light.