Colin Franks of Colin Franks Photography (his photo page here, Facebook page here) has sent me a large group of lovely bird pictures. I’ll put up only a third of them today, as I don’t want to sate you with feathered beauty.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula):
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus):
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta):
Red breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator):
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus):
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis):
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Now aren’t these beautiful birds? The only reason we don’t see that is because they’re so common (look at that derogatory species name: “vulgaris”). They’re like onions and Coca-Cola: we don’t recognize their virtues because they’re ubiquitous and inexpensive.
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
And two more Northern Pintails; I suspect these are mating, and you can see why duck mating often results in the female being drowned—a highly maladaptive act for the male!