It was in Tampa Bay that I was able to capture the iridescence of the female Anhinga’s plumage. Both males and females have tinges of blues and greens in their feathers. I saw this one spreading its wings out. It turns out the female’s wings and feathered tails have a bluish tint to them but [...]
Gulls are scavengers, we are used to seeing them in parking lots eating what people have thrown out of their cars. However, they loved eating what the waters bring up out of the ocean, stream or lakes. I have photographed gulls eating quahogs, crabs, and even birds. Today’s photograph is that all of a herring [...]
We are pleased to announce the winners of our most recent “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is shared between Ron McCombe for “Bohemian Waxwing” and Glenn Bartley for “Acorn woodpecker”; Third Prize is awarded to Maria Firpi for “Black-crowned Night Heron”. See images below with links to the original articles. The voting [...]
My prickly tale about a North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) is up over at a fabulous native plant and wildlife garden blog with just that name Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens If you click on the link above, it will take you directly to the ninth installment of my ’A Bestiary’ where I share beastly encounters [...]
The Great White is a large, widely distributed egret across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. In Europe it is localised. It has already been sighted in the UK. In North America, large numbers of Great Egrets were killed around the end of the 19th century so that their plumes [...]
Trip reports from other birders and birding tours are a fantastic resource for planning a trip. Read enough detailed trip reports and you can pretty much plan your own tour. Most people will still be better off by hiring a guide and/or an experienced ground agent but trip reports can at least give you a [...]
Over the past couple of weeks I have been seeing a curious-looking spider hanging horizontally and upside-down, paralleling a branch and suspended along a single line of silk. This posture was exclusively nocturnal and suggested the spider was hoping to attract insects that rest upon silken threads.