Readers’ wildlife photos

Every Sunday, biologist John Avise provides us with a “Duck O’ the Week” to learn about the Great American Ducks. But he’s also sent me, during this year, a number of other bird photos. Lest I neglect these, I’ll put up his other contributions from time to time. Here’s a batch of photos that John calls “Hovering birds.”  His notes and IDs are indented:

Not many birds are particularly adept at hovering (flapping flight in place), but a few species (notably hummingbirds, kingfishers, and some hawks) do so routinely as a normal part of their daily food-hunting activities.  Here are several photos of birds caught in the act of stationary hovering.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus):

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius):

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus):

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus):

Pied Kingfisher (Cercle rudis), South Africa:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), female:

Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin), male:

Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin), female:


  1. Posted September 23, 2020 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos, thanks!

  2. Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I can only say one thing about that
    WOU !!!
    Those were beautiful photos to participate in

  3. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), female:

    .. in the process of attacking a “sphaerodendron” type of allium (onion family), I think. I shoved some bulbs (onions!) of those into the sacrificial maw of the garden a couple of weeks ago, to try to dilute the Wife’s daffodil-frenzy.

    • boudiccadylis
      Posted September 23, 2020 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Yes, an allium. They’re a little later than daffodils here but I think too early for the out and about lady ruby throats. The ladies don’t show up until early June. After nest duties.

  4. Posted September 23, 2020 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    That is a marvelous assortment of pictures. Thank you for sharing these.

  5. Posted September 23, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos. Thank you.

    Hummingbirds have been plentiful in Western WA this summer. Perhaps it is just that I am home more. Mostly rufous and Anna’s. They especially seem to like the Calibrachoa in our flower baskets. Should have taken some pictures.

  6. ploubere
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Nice work.

  7. rickflick
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Great light on all of these.

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