Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from several contributors. First, four photos from Patrick May (all readers’ notes and IDs are indented).

In case your tank is running dry, here are two recent subjects.  A late season white-tailed deer fawn (Odocoileus virginianus) waiting for its mother to return and a PCC(e) combo of wildlife and food (sorry, no cats).  I included the Eastern Yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons) with the context of a fork and lemon wedges, the capers are out of frame.

Here’s a whitetail doe resting in my backyard.  There’s an eight point buck who comes by every now and again that I’m trying to get a decent shot of.

For any gearheads, the insect was taken with a 105mm micro-Nikkor on a D610, cropped in Lightroom with no color adjustments.  I’m just getting into macro photography, so I’m working on technique.

From Dom, a bee-wolf wasp:

No, not Beowulf, which of course means bee wolf (but is a kenning for a bear), but Philanthus triangulum, the European bee wolf, aka bee-killer wasp. This species specialises in the western honey bee. However the adults feed on nectar and pollen, and it is the female who hunts bees to stock the burrow for her larvae.

And an astronomy photo from Tim Anderson in Australia:

Messier 8 is a gigantic interstellar gas cloud in the Sagittarius Constellation, and was discovered by Giovanni Hodierna before 1654. It lies between 4000 and 6000 light-years from Earth and has a distinct reddish hue owing to emissions from hydrogen and helium gas in the cloud. The dark patches in the gas field are called Bok Globules.

The prominent star to the right is 4Sgr – in other words, the fourth brightest star in Sagittarius. The star cluster NGC6544 is visible at the left-hand edge of the image.

This image was compiled from fifty 180-second photographs taken in Cowra NSW with a 100mm refracting telescope and a colour astronomical camera.

8 Comments

  1. boudiccadylis
    Posted September 25, 2020 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    These sky pictures are fascinating. But even more exciting is all the stars in the picture. Should we ever become space worthy a rather accurate map will be required to get about without some physical mishap of running into something.
    Unfortunately long after I’m gone.

  2. Posted September 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    All lovely pictures, Gentlemen. Thanks!

    • Posted September 25, 2020 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      It’s very interesting to observe the yellow-jacket eating salmon!

  3. rickflick
    Posted September 25, 2020 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    The light from Messier 8 left it’s source about the time humans invented writing.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted September 25, 2020 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Nice variety today, thanks. Good luck Patrick on getting a shot of the 8-point buck. I’d like to see that!

  5. Posted September 25, 2020 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable!

  6. Glenda Palmer
    Posted September 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    So many accomplished photographers submit their photos to WEIT so the rest of us can enjoy and learn. Wonderful and thank you.

  7. grasshopper
    Posted September 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Love the stars. Love this poem.

    When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
    When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
    When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
    When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
    How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
    Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
    In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
    Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

    Walt Whitman


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