Readers’ wildlife photos

October 3, 2021 • 8:00 am

It being Sunday, today’s feature is a themed series of bird photos by biologist John Avise. John’s notes and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them:

Birds of a Feather, Part 2: Flocks on Water

This week we continue our mini-series on avian flocks by showing several bird species on or above the water.

American Coots, Fulica americana:

Canada Geese, Branta canadensis:

Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus:

More Double-crested Cormorants:

Eared Grebes, Podiceps nigricollis:

American Avocets, Recurvirostra americana:

Black-necked Stilts, Himantopus mexicanus:

Long-billed Dowitchers, Limnodromus scolopaceus:

More Long-billed Dowitchers:

Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis:

Northern Shovelers, Anas clypeata;

Surf Scoters, Melanitta perspicillata:

Buffleheads, Bucephala albeola:

American Wigeons, Anas americana:

More American Wigeons:

Mallards, Anas platyrhynchos:

8 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Great photos. They reminded me of this quote by Muhammad Ali about how birds don’t flock together so neither should humans (after converting to Islam, he became a segregationist. I’ve been watching the Burns’ documentary and recommend.)

    But I thought, silly Ali, blacks and whites aren’t different species.

  2. Some birds – cormorants and grebes for example – clearly have more of a sense of order than others – eg coots!

  3. In the last photo, looks like the hen has a whole flock of possible boy friends. Or is she just out on the town with the boys?

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