Readers’ wildlife photos

Posting may be light today as I’m driving to Costco to stock up on stuff (not toilet paper or stuff to hoard, but things like aged Tilamook cheddar and organic extra virgin olive oil). Besides, there’s nothing much to write about and the pandemic is getting to me.

But the wildlife goes on! Please send in your good photos. Today we have two contributors. The first is Marilee Lovit, with some lovely water plants. Her notes, as with all contributors, are indented.

Nuphar variegata, photographed in early July in a lake in northern Maine. Common names for this species include yellow pond lily and spatterdock. This plant occurs in ponds and slow-moving streams across Canada and the northeastern United States.

Joe Routon usually sends “street” photography, but today he has birds.

If you run low on bird photos, here are a few of mine. I’m not an authority on Aves nomenclature, so I’m sure your more astute readers will correct me. I took this photo in Europe of a Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).

Here’s a turkey vulture (or buzzard) – (Cathartes aura) I spotted him or her (the sexes are similar, I’m told) as I was driving to the store in New Jersey. He waited for me to stop, retrieve my camera, and snap this photo before he flew away.

Here’s one of many photos I made of one of several wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) that take a short cut through my yard every morning. I believe this is a young tom.

Looking out my front window I happened to see this young red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) perched on the fence. I grabbed my camera and headed out the front door. About 30 feet away I snapped a picture. He didn’t move, so I slowly walked to about 20 feet for another photo—he started watching me, but he didn’t move, so I closed the gap to about 6 feet and snapped this photo. When I turned to leave, he flew away.

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