A long-time blog reader sent in a great shot for Halloween. Spooooky.
While I don't spend my days thinking about it, one of the photos I have always wanted to capture is a woodpecker in action. Not too easy to do, as the bird has to be at just the right angle and lighting right and all that. I am still looking to get this right at some point, but got close recently with a downy woodpecker.
Close, but not really great, so I will keep looking for this shot. But here is a photo of a downy not moving at 20 pecks per second.
The second photo makes it obvious why I don't like the first photo.
A couple of butterflies are named after design elements on their underwings that look like punctuation marks. The question mark, comma, and green comma, hoary comma and gray comma are the ones I know.
Here is a Green Comma, alternately called the Faunus Anglewing.
This photo is from a very elaborate theatrical production for the halftime show at George Marshall High School's homecoming football game (Marshall won big) but is quite the striking photo taken out of context.
The rising bed scene was really cool.
The performers were very, very good
The cheerleaders got some serious altitude.
And the photographer. Was there really a football game?
Okay, yes there was a football game, I just rarely shoot sport photos
And since this is a wildlife blog...
W & OD rails to trails is full of edge-species birds
Okay, this really isn't fair because so few field marks are visible, but give it a try before reading below the photo.
So, I am guessing that figuring out that it is a flycatcher isn't too hard. But did you correctly guess willow flycatcher? Well, even the field guide suggests that you can not tell a willow from an alder flycatcher without habitat or a call, but did you see that it is sitting in a cherry tree, not a wetland species? The call is a distinctive fitz-bew, which was heard but not exactly available here.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist