Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since we’ve had a contribution from ace bird photographer Colin Franks, but it was worth the wait. The IDs are Colin’s. His web page is here, his Facebook page here (sign up, great bird photos daily), and his Instagram page is here.

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius):

Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula):

Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos):

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides):

Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii):

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus):

Barn Owl (Tyto alba):

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus):

Dowitcher (Limnodromus):

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa):

19 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Wonderful set!

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    These are great, Colin! Thanks!

  3. Posted September 14, 2020 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Very nice.

    Two inane (insane?) comments:

    First, someone simply must write a character named Rufus Hummingbird into a story.

    Second, something that occurred to me upon seeing the last photo: How much wood would a wood duck duck if a wood duck could duck wood?

  4. Frank Bath
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Beautiful, especially the bluebird.

  5. jezgrove
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos, and a great variety!

  6. Posted September 14, 2020 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Those are impressive.

  7. Posted September 14, 2020 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos, Colin, thanks for sharing these!

  8. Posted September 14, 2020 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Phenomenal!

  9. Mark R.
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Stupendous photos. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Paul Techsupport
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful images. The patience required and the commitment to get the down and decidedly dirty Dowitcher image earns you a standing ovation from me. If I tried to get that image at my favorite birding location I would sink neck deep in the mudflat ooze.

    Patience required. Right now, as I type this, I am in hour 3 of a stakeout of a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk. I am getting weak.

  11. ploubere
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    First class photos. Thanks for sharing.

  12. rickflick
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    The woody is my favorite duck. Look at that red eye! I know he’s been up all night.

  13. Paul Matthews
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Truly superb photos as usual.

    Adult Short-billed (Limnodromus griseus) and Long-billed (Limnodromus scolopaceus) dowitchers are very difficult to tell apart. I believe that this is a Short-billed, but I am not a dowitcher expert. Both species are scarce where I live. I’m lucky if I see a couple of individuals of each species a year, and they’re usually juveniles, not adults.

  14. john avise
    Posted September 14, 2020 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Truly magnificent photos, every one! Colin, thank you so much for sharing these.

  15. Posted September 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Colin, you’ve made my day! Your work is exquisite, and that wee bluebird is the most exquisite!

  16. Colin
    Posted September 15, 2020 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words all, it’s a passion!

  17. Andrea Kenner
    Posted September 18, 2020 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Stunning photos!


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