Readers’ wildlife photos

June 7, 2019 • 8:00 am

Today we have another batch of lovely bird photos from Reader Colin Franks (website here, Instagram page here, and Facebook page here). The IDs are his:

 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus):

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus):

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus):

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris):

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana):

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia):

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus):

American Goldfinch – male (Spinus tristis):

American Goldfinch – female (Spinus tristis):

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus):


21 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. I like the look on the owl’s face…as if thinking, “sigh, fine, take your picture & be done with it!”

  2. Gorgeous pictures. The compositions in each case work beautifully. I’ll pick a favorite – female gold finch with those three elegant plants.

    1. I concur. The plants are teasel, and were formerly used to ‘tease’ woolen cloth, and are now beloved of arrangers of dried plant material.

        1. I’ve just looked up the details, and can only get as far as Dipsacus sp. The one in Adelaide Botanic Garden is Dipsacus ferox but there are a number of other species some of them weedy and invasive in North America.

  3. One of the benefits of following JAC’s blog is the viewing of world class photography by smart biologists who share their talents & knowledge. I never fail to learn something new every day.

  4. Stunning set of photos. The quality of these photos makes common species like the flicker and house finch majestic. Flickers are difficult to shoot since they flicker so- nice shot!

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