Readers’ wildlife photos

October 10, 2021 • 8:00 am

It’s Sunday, and that means we have a themed collection of bird photos by biologist John Avise. His notes and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

Birds of a Feather, Part 3: Flocks in Flight

This week we continue our mini-series on avian flocks by showing birds in flight. The Snow Geese were photographed in Montana, the Ruddy Turnstones and Brown Pelicans in Florida, and the other species in Southern California.

Black Skimmers, Rynchops niger:

Black-bellied Plover (ventral view), Pluvialis squatarola:

Black-bellied Plovers (dorsal view):

Brown Pelicans, Pelecanus occidentalis:

Cattle Egrets, Bubulcus ibis:

Cedar Waxwings, Bombycilla cedrorum:

Snow Geese, Ancer caerulescens:

More Snow Geese:

Still more Snow Geese:

Western Sandpipers, Calidris mauri:

White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi:

More White-faced Ibis:

Rock Pigeons, Columba livea:

Ruddy Turnstones, Arenaria interpres:

3 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Its interesting how some are more visually organized than others. I do enjoy this series and am learning much. Thank you.

  2. I love how the photo has caught the cedar waxwings in different stages of bounding flight, with some of them having their wings folded up.

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