Readers’ wildlife photos

April 28, 2021 • 8:00 am

Joe Routon, who usually sends us street photography, has some wildlife photos today: birds. His captions are indented and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

Here are a few of my bird photos. Not being an expert on birds, I’ve probably misidentified some of these. I’m sure that your more erudite bird experts will correct me.

I photographed this Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda), a member of the crow family, in Rajasthan, India:

Photographed in my front yard is this Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis):

I photographed this Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) on my daily social-distancing walk. I particularly enjoy its song.

Here’s an ostrich (Struthio camelus) who was kind enough to smile for my camera.

I photographed this Rufous-collared sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) in Peru.

Another of my photos of the red-tailed hawk in my front yard.

Here is a Yucatan woodpecker (Melanerpes pygmaeus) I photographed in Yucatan, Mexico.

When in Peru, I photographed this boatload of Peruvian pelicans (Pelecanus thagus). Social birds, they enjoy fishing and boating together.

16 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. The rufous-collared sparrow looks like someone stitched a head from one species onto the body of another. Bizarre.
    The Treepie (?!) is spectacular. It’s an example of what I love about these posts. I love seeing birds I’d never even heard of .

    1. Just looked up treepie…Dendro: tree, of course. Citta: Kitta, meaning magpie, so Dendrocitta is a “Tree Magpie”. A Hindu name for it is Taka Chor, “coin stealer”.

      1. I’m glad you looked that up, so that I didn’t have to. My first impressions were that the bird didn’t look very rufous – it’s mostly yellow, for goodness sake -, nor very much like a pie, either.

  2. Social birds, they enjoy fishing and boating together. Did they rent the boat for an outing, or did they just dump the body and take off? 😃

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