Readers’ wildlife photos

Evolutionary geneticist John Avise, whose photos of Antarctic and South Atlantic birds I’ve put up recently, sent an installment of miscellaneous “odd bird” photos from his collection. His captions and IDs are indented.

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) jumping:

Even a white Snowy Egret casts a black shadow:

Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) courting:

Two Common Ravens (Corvus corax) crooning:

Two Rock Pigeons (Columba livia) wooing:

Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) with a puffball mushroom:

Glacous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) with a tennis ball:

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) drinking at a fountain:

European oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) catching a Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis):

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) braving an owl scarecrow:

“French-poodle”-looking Mallard (domestic Anas platyrhynchus):

Probable son of the above (another domestic Mallard, Anas platyrhynchus): [JAC: This duck is a travesty!]



  1. Liz
    Posted January 30, 2020 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I love all of these. The tennis ball, water fountain, and mussel pictures are great. The second to last picture doesn’t look like a mallard. That’s interesting. Fun set!

  2. Posted January 30, 2020 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Cool photos, thanks!

  3. Posted January 30, 2020 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Eeek! Pigeon at the fountain – how to spread bird flu!

    The Egyptian goose is found in Regents Park, London, but there are also feral breeding groups in England now.

  4. Posted January 30, 2020 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    “Even a white Snowy Egret casts a black shadow”

    A clever allusion.

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 30, 2020 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Yes, I’ve seen those bastardized mallards at a semi-urban birding spot. I am not pleased. However, based on some work I’ve heard of on Drosophila, the population should soon revert to the indigenous species – wild ducks.

  6. revelator60
    Posted January 30, 2020 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Travesty duck looks like he’s gone bald in the front. He needs a waterproof toupee.

  7. Mark R.
    Posted January 30, 2020 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Is that gull thinking the tennis ball is food? Great shot! All these are great, thanks.

  8. Posted January 30, 2020 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    These are wonderful and quirky photos, John. Many thanks.

  9. Andrea Kenner
    Posted February 2, 2020 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Great fun photos of birds!

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