Readers’ wildlife photos

February 6, 2020 • 7:45 am

Today we have another batch of photos from evolutionary geneticist John Avise. This time they have a theme (his notes and IDs are indented): “Avian mug shots”.

 Here are some of the responses I got when I asked these birds to look straight into the camera:

California Gull (Larus californicus):

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna):

Barn Swallow chick (Hirundo rustica):

Pacific Slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis):

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis):

American Coot chick (Fulica americana):

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris):

Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya):

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperi):

Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra):

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger); note the razor-thin bill):

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys):

Western Gull (Larus occidentalis):

Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio):


16 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. The Black Skimmer had a remarkable mug-shot. These shots readily show that birds have a wide variety of eye placement.

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