Readers’ wildlife photos

September 26, 2021 • 8:00 am

It’s Sunday, and that means a themed bird post from biologist John Avise. John’s notes and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them. (And be sure to send me photos of your polydactylous cat as well as other wildlife photos).

Birds of a Feather, Part 1: Flocks on Land

I love to encounter and photograph flocks of birds because this sometimes can yield artsy outcomes (despite the fact that it may be impossible to get all individuals simultaneously in focus).  This week’s post launches a three-part mini-series on avian flocks, this time with the birds being on land.  I photographed the Snow Geese in Montana; all other photos came from Southern California.

American Coots, Fulica americana:

American White Pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos:

Black Skimmers, Rynchops niger:

More Black Skimmers:

Heermann’s Gulls, Larus heermanni:

Marbled Godwits, Limosa fedoa:

Royal Terns, Sterna maxima:

Ring-billed Gulls, Larus delawarensis:

Snowy Egrets, Egretta thula:

Willets, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus:

More Willets:

Sanderlings, Calidris alba:

More Sanderlings:

Western Sandpipers, Calidris mauri:

More Western Sandpipers:

Snow Geese, Chen caerulescens:

Bell’s Sparrows, Artemisiospiza belli:

7 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. If the Lancet can declare that women must now be called bodies with vaginas, surely on this site we can unilaterally declare that Limosa fedosa be henceforth referred to as Marbled Athiestwits.

  2. Just beautiful. I have always wanted to see Skimmers in real life. They look like a child’s drawing of a bird come to life. I guess I’ll have to content myself with your beautiful photos

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