Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today. First, Art Williams sent some photos and videos, which include a fawn. Remember, if you see a fawn by itself, especially a very young one, leave it alone, as it’s almost certain that it was been left to shelter place while Mom went off foraging. Only call for help if it stays in place and mom doesn’t return for a day or so. Art’s captions are indented.

Here are some photos and a video of the suburban wildlife around Loveland, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. The raptor is a juvenile red-tailed hawk, I think. He or she and mate have been very active, screeching their presence every morning, likely having a brood somewhere close by.

My wife noticed the fawn sunning itself in the yard and couldn’t have been more than a few hours old. Its mom had left to forage and he instinctively knew to head for the dappled shadowy cover of a nearby Hemlock tree. The link to the video shows just how wobbly the little guy is. It’s a little shaky and narrated by my over-concerned wife who fears the baby has been left by its mom. After several hours we were worried that it actually had been abandoned, but Mom came back eventually and the two scampered off into the woods.

JAC: Fawns are so beautiful! They’re the ducklings of mammals.

Art also sent a video he made:

And an astronomy photo by Tim Anderson in Australia:

This image shows NGC4956, a large barred spiral galaxy in the Centaurus constellation. It also shows a number of other, more distant galaxies dotted around the field of view. The galaxy was first observed by James Dunlap from Parramatta in NSW during 1826.

13 Comments

  1. Posted June 2, 2020 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    That looks to me like a beautiful photo of a red-shouldered hawk.

  2. J Cook
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Or an Accipitor

  3. JCook
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Oops, Accipiter

  4. Jody Hey
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure it is a red-shouldered hawk.

  5. Paul Matthews
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    It is indeed a red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus), but it looks like a full adult to me. I wish this beautiful hawk were more common where I live (Ottawa, Canada). I have not managed to see one yet this year despite plenty of bird-watching (exercising social distancing of course).

    Nice photos!

  6. rickflick
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    It’s fascinating to watch the fawn take it’s first steps. Humans begin to perceive the world from flat on their backs and through a gradual process. The deer is just dropped into the world – Bang! – just like that. What must the mental processing be like? Maybe like the first time you dive into the ocean on a coral reef.

  7. Posted June 2, 2020 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    It’s interesting that the astronomers know it is a barred spiral galaxy when our view is pretty much edge-on. Perhaps differential red shift in different parts of the galaxy?

  8. Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Are you sure that is NGC 4956 Tim? My sky atlas says NGC 4956 is a lenticular galaxy in Canes Venatici.

    • Posted June 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      I think it is NGC 4945, thought to closely resemble the Milky Way.

      • Tim Anderson
        Posted June 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

        Yep 4945, fumble fingers at work

  9. Posted June 2, 2020 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Those hawk shots are great. It’s very hard to focus on and track those.

  10. jbussen
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Tim: can you give us a side view of that galaxy? (astronomy joke)

  11. Mark R.
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    That fawn is adorable. Last year, a doe gave birth to two (twins?). I’ve never seen a doe with two fawns. Now they’re yearlings, and are still hanging around with mom. So I figure white-tailed deer only give birth every 2 years.

    Always enjoy Tim’s great astronomy pics.


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