Readers’ wildlife photographs

August 29, 2015 • 7:15 am

Colin Franks, whose website is here and whose photography Facebook page here, sent a batch of nice bird photos, of which I’ll show only about a third today:

Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor:


Female Wood DuckAix sponsa:


Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris:


Juvenile Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus:


Adult Great Horned Owl   Bubo virginianus:


Blue-winged Teal (male), Anas discors:


California QuailCallipepla californica:


10 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photographs

  1. The swallow is beautiful, as almost always. By the way, odd to see barbwire again, now that Sweden’s ban has been in place for so long. Even the ones that couldn’t be tied to ownership have mostly disappeared.

    The wren prompts me to wonder how movable the tail end of a bird is anyway. Is it doing a peacock/paradise bird analog display, or is it recovering during balancing on the (presumably) wobbly stalk?

  2. Lovely shots! I love the dignified look of the Teal Duck and the sassiness of the wren in particular.

  3. Really good. I see you use a strong sense of composition. Each picture is like a definitive portrait of the species.

  4. I especially appreciate the eye-level perspective. It’s not easy getting down on the ground for these kinds of photographs, but the result is often most effective.


  5. Excellent and beautiful. I find poetry in the beautiful latin names. Let’s also try to keep as many of the older names as we can. I wonder what Shakespeare could have done with the concept “coyote”?

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