Readers’ wildlife photos

July 26, 2017 • 7:30 am

Reader Colin Franks, whose photography website is here and Facebook page here, sent one of his infrequent but beautiful batches of photos. He promises more soon. The identifications are his:

Female Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

Male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

[JAC: These next two are especially adorable!]

Baby Wood Duck (Aix sponsa):

Baby Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos):

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus):

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus):

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana):

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis):

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys):

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii):


15 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. Indeed! And not just a few mosquito bites, as well.

      Q: I may have asked this here before, but nevertheless: Have there ever been any reports of avocets with the beak bend in the opposite direction? I would imagine the chirality is dependent on just one gene, perhaps even just one SNP of one gene. I would expect occasional mutations.

      1. Given enough iterations, undoubtedly every variation shows up once in a while, including straight, and curved in different ways. There must be an advantage to the upward curve.

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