Readers’ wildlife photos

February 28, 2021 • 8:15 am

It’s Sunday, and that means a new “themed” batch of birds from John Avise. His notes and captions are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

More Avian “Hair-dos”

Two weeks ago, Jerry posted some of my photos of bird head-dressings (see “Avian Crests, Tufts, and Horns”).  Many additional avian species have other kinds of head adornments that are the subject of this next batch of photos.  Some of these birds look like they’ve had various “haircut” styles (such as a crew-cut, mohawk, punk-style, or long hippie-style), but of course feathers rather than mammalian hairs are involved.  Some species simply look as if they’re having a “bad-hair” day, while others appear neatly coiffed.

All of these photographs were taken in Southern California or Florida, where only the Peafowl is non-native.

Hooded Merganser female, Lophodytes cucullatus. hood up:

Hooded Merganser female, hood down:

Hooded Merganser male, hood up:

Hooded Merganser male, hood down:

Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis:

California Quail, Callipepla californica:

Gambel’s Quail, Callipepla gambelii:

Elegant Terns, Sterna elegans:

Royal Tern, Sterna maxima:

Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis:

Belted Kingfisher male, Ceryle alcyon:

Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysactos:

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:

Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis:

Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator:

Indian Peafowl female, Pavo cristatus:

Indian Peafowl male:

10 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. These make me wonder – since hirsute is derived from the Latin hirsutus: “rough, shaggy, bristly,” figuratively “rude, unpolished,” related to hirtus “shaggy,” and possibly to horrere “to bristle with fear”, then could it not technically also describe patches of erected feathers, although today it generally means very hairy?

  2. The spiky look of the Elegant Terns is very chic, but I could never pull it off. Maybe in a ‘next life’ I can try for feathers.

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