Readers’ wildlife photos

June 8, 2018 • 8:20 am

Today we have some bird photos from a newcomer, David Klotz, whom I met last week when he dropped by the U of C for his alumni reunion. His IDs and notes are indented:

2017: Red-throated loon (Gavia stellata) in LI Sound at Hammonasset State Park, CT. In winter plumage; red spot on throat comes in summer.

2017: Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) on Isle of Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland:

2017 Atlantic puffin on Staffa:

2017: Black guillemots (Cepphus grylle) on cliff side on Staffa:

2017: Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in Loch Lomond by the dock at the village of Luss:

2017: Mute swans (Cygnus olor) in Taylor Creek, Southampton (Long Island), NY:

2017:  Willets (Tringa semipalmata) in a marsh at Southampton:

2017:  Spotted sandpiper (Actitus macularius) on Star Island:

2018: Greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanleuca) at Rocky Neck State Park, CT:

2018: Great egret (Ardea alba) at Rocky Neck:

13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Thanks for the great pics! Puffins always make me laugh. I especially appreciate your including the location where each was taken.

    1. Staffa is a wonderful Island for viewing puffins; if you stand still on the cliffs they just saunter right up to you.

      As a bonus you get to visit Fingal’s Cave, and imagine you can hear Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Hebrides. A magical island, easily visited on a short day trip from Mull or Iona.

  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos…I really enjoy seeing these wildlife photos. It helps me start my day off just right.

  3. These are nice. I especially like the puffins and the last two photographs, where the underside of the birds is reflected in the water.

  4. Great photos, I would so love to see loons and puffins! The guillemots are rather nice,too.

  5. Loved the egret photo. I took in the nature photography exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum last week. The most amazing photo to me was one of an egret driving off an eagle. I would have thought the contest would have gone the other way. And of course I loved the photo of the rhododendrons on the Blue Ridge Parkway, since the parkway is only a few miles from my house.

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