Photos of the Week – November 27, 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

Today’s post includes a batch of photos I thought I’d already shared. In early November, I went up to the Niobrara Valley Preserve to help with some prescribed fires. I arrived a little before sunset the night before our first fire and drove into one of our bison pastures to see if I could find […]…

62: Sea Otters — Notebook from the North

Ever wondered what is scientifically the fluffiest animal? It’s this week’s animal spotlight, the sea otter! These balls of fluff are known best for being, quite frankly, adorable, but they are also pretty clever, and have had to show a lot of resilience. In this plog we will be looking at their clever behaviours, their […]…

Ángel Nariñense/Gorgeted Sunangel/Heliangelus strophianus — One Bird Per Day/Un Ave Por Día #1.313

Foto: Nick AthanasNombre en español: Ángel Nariñense Nombre en inglés: Gorgeted Sunangel Nombre científico: Heliangelus strophianus Familia: Trochilidae Canto: Niels KrabeeEl colibrí pectoral​ (Heliangelus strophianus) es una especie de colibrí en la familia Trochilidae. Foto: Javier ZuritaDistribución Se encuentra en Colombia y Ecuador. Gorgeted sunangel The gorgeted sunangel (Heliangelus strophianus) is a species of hummingbird found on the west slope of Ecuador and extreme southwestern Colombia. Description… Ángel…

Photography of Birds – Set # 102 — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Set # 102 Willet Ruddy turnstones engage in a variety of behaviours to locate and capture prey. These behaviors can be placed into six general categories: Routing — The turnstone manipulates piles of seaweed through flicking, bulldozing, and pecking to expose small crustaceans or gastropod molluscs hidden underneath. Turning stones — As suggested by its […]…

Gila Woodpecker — Fledgling — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Louisa and I were driving on a dirt road in high desert a couple of weeks ago when I saw a Gila Woodpecker sitting on a fencepost. The bird seemed to be engrossed with the post, pecking at it. Normally, Gilas are pretty […]…