Readers’ wildlife photos

Now is the time, if you’re stuck at home and want something to do, to get together your good wildlife photos and send them to me. Thanks!

Today’s batch is from evolutionary geneticist John Avise, who has lately been sending photos with a theme. Today’s theme, and John’s notes, are indented:

We may tend to think of birds as graceful athletes, normally beautifully coiffed.  But they also can have their less dignified moments, as illustrated by the following photos:
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) female having a “bad feather” day (Florida):

Great Egret (Ardea alba) having an awkward landing (California):

Snowy Egret (Egret thula) looking “knockneed” [actually, the joint in question is the bird’s ankle, with the knees tucked up against the body] (Florida):

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) struggling to land (Florida):

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) missing its tail feathers (Michigan):

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) taking a bath:

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) in courtship display (Galapagos):

Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in courtship dance (Florida):

Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) with a sore neck or headache (California):

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) who thinks he’s camouflaged in tall reeds (Illinois):

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) just stretching (California):

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) with an awkward itch (California):

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) with a similar itch (Florida):


  1. merilee
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 9:19 am | Permalink


  2. Debra Coplan
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Fun and wonderful photos! Thanks!

  3. Posted March 17, 2020 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Very good! It’s always nice to have a fine collection of pictures so you can make a theme of them.

  4. Posted March 17, 2020 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I’ve looked at them several times, and each time I have a different ‘fave’, but think the Great Egret is magnificent. Can the little sparrow fly without tail feathers?

  5. rickflick
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous bunch of pictures. Now, I can start my day!

  6. Mark R.
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the awkward birds that are still pretty.

  7. Tom MacPherson
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Is there a particular or approved method for sending in wildlife photos?

    • rickflick
      Posted March 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      Send them as an attachment to an email. Jerry’s email address can be found at the University of Chicago site.

  8. Liz
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Amazing picture of the great egret.

  9. Posted March 17, 2020 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    These are quite stunning, John. Thanks!

    Just saw this wildlife cam video on Youtube (credit to owned by Robert Bush Sr.). It’s very good with all kinds of wildlife crossing a river, via a log bridge:

    • Posted March 17, 2020 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Uh oh… sorry, hadn’t seen Jerry’s post of this!

  10. Andrea Kenner
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 9:11 am | Permalink


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