We have new photos—and one painting—from a new contributor, Charleen Adams, soon to get her doctorate in public health genetics (cancer epidemiology). Her website is here (more photos and paintings under “Art”). A few of the species aren’t identified, so I’ll leave that to the readers. Charleen’s captions are indented.
Starlings [Sturnus vulgaris] on my fence. Check out the middle baby’s wing move: that cheeky interference was no accident.
Harpy eagle [Harpiya harpyja] Though resembling a pirate’s eye patch, the nictitating membrane covering the right eye is a transparent inner eyelid that slides horizontally.
Heron [Aredea herodias]. This shot was taken near a rookery in Boise. I have hundreds of heron pics, but this one stands out because of the yellowness of the eye against the blue Boise sky.
Massachusetts [Canada] geese [Branta canadensis]. I took this shot with an old phone in solorize mode. It makes me feel peaceful.
Toad and epidemiology. Remarkably, he’d let himself inside and joined me for an evening of reading. [Readers: species ID?]
California Condor (1/3) [Gymnogyps californianus]. So sweet; I can hang out all day with the curious condors. Lead poisoning, as most know, is the main threat to their survival.
California condor (2/3). Condors can raise the feathers on their necks up around their heads like hoods on a hoody when cold.
California condor (3/3). Wingspan of 9.5 feet!
Murine submarine! Taken at the Bruneau Sand Dunes in Boise, a rat running under ice. [She tentatively identifies this as the water vole Microtus richardsoni, but readers can weigh in.]
Ok, not a photo. I painted a heron.
Acorn woodpecker? [Readers?]
Baby owl. [Readers: what species?]
This koi [Cyprinus carpio] seems to be part of the water.