Readers’ wildlife photos

March 13, 2021 • 8:00 am

Remember to send in your good wildlife photos (travel photos count). And to the kind readers who have contributed the last week.

Today’s contributor is Bob Fritz, who sends us some bird pictures. Bob’s notes and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them:

Bird photographs were taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Preserve in Irvine, California. This marsh is both a water reclamation facility and a wildlife refuge.
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), gracefully resting near the reeds:

 

The bird slowly approached, providing the opportunity to get a closeup view.  Using a 600 mm telephoto helps!

Not sure if this is an Allen’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna), or maybe a Rufous (Selasphorus rufus)?

 

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera):

 

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera):

Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) – American subspecies:

Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca):

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) male:

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) female:

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).  These birds are swift flyers as they pursue their insect prey.

Tree Swallow hovering before landing at the nest:

Tree Swallow male:

16 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. The green winged teal feathers looks very artistic. Almost as painted. The female shoveler has a gorgeous feather configuration on her breast. Marvelous photo of the tree swallow in flight.

  2. The green winged teal feathers looks very artistic. Almost as painted. The female shoveled has a gorgeous feather configuration on her breast. Marvelous photo of the tree swallow in flight.

  3. Beautiful! Great to see all that detail, especially on the Pelican.
    Looks like quite the place to visit. Thanks for the information on it.
    It’s not far from me.
    Thank you for sharing your photos!

  4. Beautiful photos! It makes me very eager for warmer weather and the spring migrations here in western Pennsylvania. Soon!

  5. Calypte anna would be Anna’s hummer, not Allen’s, but in any case that one looks like a rufous to me.

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