1 hour ago

One more pic from Bombay Hook. Unfortunately, I didn't get any really good shots of Northern Pintail Ducks, which were abundant, but generally far away, and I wrestled with lighting. This cropped shot doesn't do these attractive waterfowl justice!
#nature #NaturePhotography #birds #Wildlife #naturecommunity #photography #BirdsOfMastodon #birdphotography #birding #waterfowl

"Northern Pintails are elegant, long-necked ducks with a slender profile. The tail is long and pointed, but it is much longer and more prominent on breeding males than on females and nonbreeding males. In flight, the wings are long and narrow. Breeding male Northern Pintails stand out with a gleaming white breast and a white line down their chocolate brown head and neck. Females and males that are molting (eclipse plumage) are mottled in browns and whites with an unmarked pale tan face and a dark bill. In flight, males flash a green speculum (the inner wing feathers or secondaries) and females flash a bronzy speculum." [AllAboutBirds]
Carl T. Bergstrom
3 hours ago

This shot of a little wattlebird on a leucospermum (?) might be the best single frame I shot in Australia.

(You may need to click to see the image, given the portrait orientation.)

#birding #birdwatching #birdphotography #australianbirds

A little wattlebird, a brown bird with spiky white feather highlights, sits on a spiky neon-orange leucospermum or related flower.

Been a while since I've seen my friendly neighbourhood kite

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

Red Kite in flight
6 hours ago

Light-morph version of the Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk, photographed today in Manhattan KS

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Birds #Wildlife #NatureCommunity #Photography #BirdsOfMastodon #BirdPhotography #BirdWatching #FlyoverCountry #Raptors

Portrait of a hawk with dark head, white chest streaked with brownish-black, and a dark eye.
Mike Saccone
6 hours ago

A few intrepid #backyard buddies on a brisk #Maryland afternoon.

#birds #birdphotography #wildlifephotography

Nils Warnock
7 hours ago

Snowy Egret vs. Great Egret, Tomales Bay, CA #birds #birdphotography

Here is a Dunnock that was in a darker area of the woods this afternoon

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

a small bird sat on some leaves

Another picture of the lovely Eurasian Robin in the woods.

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

Robin posing on a post in the woods
Sy Taffel
8 hours ago

Kawaupaka | Little Shag

Seen at Hokowhitu lagoon. Palmerston North

The little shag is the most widely distributed shag species in New Zealand, found in both marine and freshwater habitats, on the coast as well as on inland lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. It also has the most variable plumage of any New Zealand shag.

#birds #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #aotearoa

A portrait image of a little shag, a black and white water bird

The Graylags have arrived at Linford Lakes!!

See video in original toot

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

Many Geese in a line on a lake in front of autumnal trees

One of 3 waves of migrating Graylags arriving at Linford Lakes this afternoon (Video and photo [in comments])

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

Geese arriving in numbers at a nature reserve in Milton Keynes
9 hours ago

Y de propina un par de fotos de un buitre leonado que no han salido de todo bien por el zoom digital y el movimiento pero que me encantan igualmente.

#naturephotography #Birds #birdphotography #buitre #vulture #pajarear

Un buitre leonado vuela majestuosamente con toda su envergadura desplegada
El mismo buitre leonado mira hacia la cámara, tal vez planteándose si le puedo arreglar una comida.
Imagery by Rihilism
13 hours ago

Gosling attempting to extricate itself from its breakfast necklace and head kerchief.

#geese #goslings #birds #birding #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #wildlife #WildlifePhotography #nature #NaturePhotography #MastoArt #photography #AltText

Image of a Canada goose gosling with water plants and algae draped across its neck and head and swimming in brown-green water with out of focus grass in the foreground. Canada geese goslings have light brown and yellow body and head feathers, longs necks, dark eyes, black bills, and black legs and webbed feet.
Swede’s Photographs
13 hours ago

The buffet is excellent.

This round bird is a dunlin (Calidris alpina). It's the first that I've knowingly seen. In fact, I didn't know I'd seen it this time until going through the hundreds of photographs that I took at Gulfport, Mississippi.

"Dazzling in its breeding finery, with vivid rusty back and black belly patch, the Dunlin was once called the Red-backed Sandpiper. It’s now named for its nonbreeding plumage, a mousy gray-brown or “dun” color. Dunlins are an abundant species that nests around the world’s arctic regions. They winter in large flocks along bays, estuaries, and coastlines. They have notably long, curved bills but they don’t probe deeply into mud; instead, they tend to feed on invertebrates just barely below the surface." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #dunlin

This dunlin stands facing left in shallow brown water while lazy small rolling waves pass by its black legs.  The bird is round with a small head upon an invisible neck. Its long black beak bows downwards particularly toward its end. There is a patch of brown feathers atop its heat that looks rather like a toupee. Its eye is black and the feathers around it are a shade lighter than the brown feathers of its head.  Its back and wings are brown and maybe a bit darker at the tips of its flight feathers. Its short tail feathers are black. Its front is bright fluffy white with specks of brown nerd its neck and wings.

"A chunky, small shorebird with medium-length legs, a short neck, and a long bill that is curved toward the tip. Breeding adult has bright rusty back and crown, black belly patch, and white underparts with dark stippling. Nonbreeding adults have grayish brown upperparts, head, and breast, and are pale below. Juveniles are browner, with a scaly black and rusty brown marbled pattern above, white below, with faint stippling and trace of dark belly patch. The legs are dark." -
13 hours ago

#DailyBird 🤖
Red-breasted Merganser, 10th April 2022
Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett), Naumkeag & Pawtucket traditional territory
Canon EOS R5, Sigma 150-600mm + 1.4x teleconverter @ 592mm, 55% crop, 1/800s, f/9, ISO 500
#Birds #BirdPhotography #DescribeYourImages

A sleek brown sea-duck with a pale, narrow orange bill swims on a brightly sunlit sea.

Managed a nice photo of a Treecreeper today. That's something that doesn't happen to often :)

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #U

A small bird with a curved beak perched on the side of a tree trunk

Winter lighting makes for some nice images

Eurasian Robin perched on top of a signpost in the woods.

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

A close up photo of a Robin against a background of shadowy trees
Swede’s Photographs
14 hours ago

I spoiled the party.

I was at a small mostly hidden pond in Albany, Georgia taking photographs of the birds. I wanted to get closer to the birds, so I found an obscured path down to the water's edge. I was intruding and most of the birds opted to leave when I got closer. These hooded mergansers (ophodytes cucullatus) were among the flock that was at the pond - they all flew away a few at a time. So my plan was mostly a failure. I did get photos of them flying though.

"The Hooded Merganser is the second-smallest of the six living species of mergansers (only the Smew of Eurasia is smaller) and is the only one restricted to North America." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #HoodedMerganser

There are four mergansers flying in line from right to left against a blue sky. The lead duck is a male, the second a female, and the two in the rear are males.

"Hooded Mergansers are small ducks with a thin bill and a fan-shaped, collapsible crest that makes the head look oversized and oblong. In flight, the wings are thin and the tail is relatively long and rounded. Adult male Hooded Mergansers are black above, with a white breast and rich chestnut flanks. The black head has a large white patch that varies in size when the crest is raised or lowered but is always prominent. Females and immatures are gray and brown, with warm tawny-cinnamon tones on the head." --
Khürt Williams
14 hours ago

The Cape May Fall Birding Festival was on my to-do list for years. 🐦

#birdphotography #wildlife #capemaynj

17 hours ago

A Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tree along the path in Lusitania Meadow near Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Mass. yesterday, until the Blue Jay and several of its pals succeeded in chasing the hawk away.
#birds #birdphotography #NaturePhotography #CambMA #hawks

A young Red-tailed Hawk perched on a branch, with a Blue Jay perched nearby
A Red-tailed Hawk leaps from its perch in a tree

A group of four Eastern Bluebirds insect hunting during a light rain on the former playhouse. I like going out in a light rain -- the birds are still active, though maybe different birds doing different things than usual.

Four bluebirds on four corners of the frame of a wooden structure. Each bird looks away from the others; light rain, fall foliage in the background.
21 hours ago

Guten Morgen #fediverse,

Dienstag. Der Kleiber hat großen Hunger. Alle anderen auch.

"Für sie war Güte etwas völlig Normales. Hinten im Garten kein Vogelhäuschen zu haben war ihrer Meinung nach nur dadurch zu rechtfertigen, dass man schon eins im Vorgarten hatte." ( Rónán Hession, Leonard und Paul, S. 7)

#birds #birdsOnMastodon #birdphotography #GeschichtenAusDemGarten #nuthatch

Ein Kleiber am Futterhaus. Die Nahrungsaufnahme erfolgt auf einer für diesen Gartenbesucher so typischen Art und Weise. Seitlich des Baumstamms, mit beiden Füßen und den kräftigen Krallen fest verankert, beugt er sich in einem 90 Grad Winkel in seiner ganzen Länge zur Öffnung des Futterhauses hin. Akrobatisch und mit einer fantastischen Haltungsnote erreicht er mühelos sein Ziel. Im leicht geöffneten Schnabel hält er zwei Sonnenblumenkerne.
1 day ago

With the wind, it feels like 14F (-10C) outside. There were lots of bird at the feeder and they were all puffed up against the cold. One of the goldfinches was wondering why the water was hard. #birds #birding #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #naturephotography #hoosiermast

An American goldfinch in winter feathers of muted beige. It is all poofed out against the cold, making it look as round as a ball.
A male eastern bluebird in bright blue feathers with a cinnamon chest is poofed out against the cold.
A tufted titmouse, in grey and white feathers is moderately puffed out against the cold. It's only when it gets warm and you see how slender they are that you realize they are puffed up now.
There were a lot of goldfinches around. Some of them were trying to drink the ice. "Hey, why's the water hard?"  Luckily, I had the heated birdbath plugged in, and there were a lot of birds drinking from it today.
Matti Aleve
1 day ago

Red tailed hawk in our backyard on the weekend.

#bird #birdphotography

close up of red tailed hawk against a blue sky.  The hawk has its head turned to the right and is looking down
1 day ago

Finally found my first Rough-legged Hawk of the fall season, an adult female in Pottawatomie County KS.

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Birds #Wildlife #NatureCommunity #Photography #BirdsOfMastodon #BirdPhotography #BirdWatching #FlyoverCountry #Raptors

Large long-winged bird with dark belly flying away from the photographer, with a fence post in the foreground
Mike Saccone
1 day ago

A tufted titmouse on the lookout.

#birds #birdphotography #wildlife

Deb Oppermann
1 day ago

On this snowy, winter day I spotted this handsome male Northern Red Cardinal perched on a curling vine. In the winter months the beautiful Cardinals seem to be a much deeper color. Available as wall art or on fabulous products, make great gifts for the #BirdLover!
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#cardinal #NorthernCardinal #birds #BirdPhotography #BirdArt #MastoBirds #BirdsOfMastodon #BuyIntoArt #GiftIdeas #FediGiftShop #nature #wildlife #wild #BirdWatching #artforsale #wallart

Northern Red Cardinal perched on a vine on a snowy winter day with muted background
2 days ago

#DailyBird 🤖
Ring-billed Gull, 6th March 2022
Alewife Brook Reservation, Arlington, Massachusetts
Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett), Naumkeag & Pawtucket traditional territory
Canon EOS R5, Sigma 150-600mm + 1.4x teleconverter @ 840mm, 30% crop, 1/2000s, f/9, ISO 2500
#Birds #BirdPhotography #DescribeYourImages

A gull glides past a wintry woodland as another swerves to make a grab at it.
Caleb Crain
2 days ago

Visitors, expected and unexpected: an American woodcock, a purple gallinule, a black-chinned hummingbird, and a Northern parula in NYC this fall.

#birds #birding #birdphotography #prospectpark #randallsisland #brooklynbirding
#nikonD500 #sigma150600 #americanwoodcock #purplegallinule #blackchinnedhummingbird #northernparula

An American woodcock sits in leaf debris under a bush, Randall's Island, NYC, 23 November 2023
A juvenile purple gallinule stands at water's edge, its feathers bristling as if it were a pangolin, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 15 October 2023
A black-chinned hummingbird perched on a feeder; it looks very much like the local ruby-throated hummingbird except that its primaries curve away from its tailfeathers. Randall's Island, NYC, 23 November 2023
Close-up of a small Northern parula, a jewel-like bird like something out of Yeats's Byzantium. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 30 September 2023
Ana Cardiaceae
2 days ago

Going through my pictures from last month, I really like this one.

Yellow-throated Longclaw from South Africa

#birds #birdphotography #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography

Yellow-throated Longclaw. Looking handsomely to the left while standing in the grass.
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

All together now.

I wanted to show you these black skimmers (Rynchops niger) gathering on the beach., particularly for those of you who haven't seen this before - I know I hadn't. This photograph just shows a fraction of the birds in this group, and there were several groups on the beach. I've already posted a couple photos of these birds and am sure to post more. I find them fascinating.

"Possibly the best description of the Black Skimmer's bounding, head-down foraging style came from the great seabird biologist R. C. Murphy in 1936. He said they look like “unworldly… aerial beagles hot on the scent of aerial rabbits.”" -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #BlackSkimmer

This photo of skimmers shows them packed closely together in a strip on the sand up from the water's edge.  There were hundreds, perhaps even thousands in the group.  This photo is only a fraction of the group and I estimated that there are a couple hundred in the picture. They are all facing the water.

"A medium-sized tern like seabird with very long wings and an outsized bill in which the lower mandible is much longer than the upper. Starkly black above and white below, with black-and-red bill and orange-red legs. Juveniles are brownish above, with pale-edged wing covert feathers." -
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Time to move.

I was getting too close to this lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) so it decided to move.

"Lesser Yellowlegs are known for their steadfast defense of their eggs and chicks. Biologist William Rowan once noted, “they will be perched there as though the safety of the entire universe depended on the amount of noise they made.” -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #LesserYellowlegs

This yellowlegs flies from right to left over greenish brown rippled water. 

"A slender and elegant, medium-sized shorebirds with long legs and a long neck. The bill is straight and thin, only slightly longer than the bird's head (shorter and straighter than Greater Yellowlegs' bill). Breeding Lesser Yellowlegs are grayish brown birds with vivid yellow legs. They have fine, gray streaking across the head and neck, a white eye ring, and white spots on the back and wings. Nonbreeding birds are more subdued gray-brown with less streaking and spotting. Bill is entirely dark." -
2 days ago

Bird of the Day — Von der Decken's Hornbill, Tanzania 2018

Who was this Von der Decken, and how did he get his own hornbill?

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Birds #Wildlife #NatureCommunity #Photography #BirdsOfMastodon #BirdPhotography #BirdWatching #Tanzania #Hornbill

White-headed bird with black wings, long black tail, and massive orange-and-white bill, perched in a leafy shrub
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Lost among the cars.

Before we made it home this afternoon, my wife wanted to stop at Joann's because apparently, you can never have enough fabric. Well, I watched a bunch of sparrows skitter around in the parking lot they for some reason were going beneath the cars. Then I noticed a larger bird which turned out to be a starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and took its picture. I think it's a beautiful mix of black and gold.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #starling

"Starlings are chunky and blackbird-sized, but with short tails and long, slender beaks. In flight their wings are short and pointed, making them look rather like small, four-pointed stars (and giving them their name). At a distance, starlings look black. In summer they are purplish-green iridescent with yellow beaks; in fresh winter plumage they are brown, covered in brilliant white spots." -
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

I see you.

Just in case you think the birds aren't paying attention when you're out on the beach, here is a laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) staring me down yesterday as it flew past while I was taking its picture.

"The oldest known Laughing Gull was at least 22 years old when it was killed in Maine in 2009, the same state where it had been banded in 1987." -

#photo #photography #photographylovers #bird #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #LaughingGulls

This is a photograph of a laughing gull flying past me on the beach. The gull looks straight at me with a white face, black beak that looks like a nose made out of coal from this angle, and black eyes.  There are remnants of black feathers around its head. The gull's body is white including its tail feathers, though black legs lay back against the tail.  Its wings are large and spread in a "V" shape; the feathers under the wings are mostly white, but the forward edges of the wings are black especially near the thick neck and the flight feathers fade to black near the wing tips.
2 days ago

Common Starling
Sturnus vulgaris

Common, or European, starlings were intentionally introduced to a wide range of other regions during the 19th and 20th centuries, likely for insect control and to contribute to the aesthetics of local landscapes. Beyond their native range, they became almost globally established during the 20th century and are now widely considered to be an invasive species. 

Camera info/settings
- Canon 450D Sigma 150-600
- ISO 6400 f7.1 1/1000s

#sturnusvulgaris #starling #commonstarling
#birds #nature #birdphotography

A starling stands on a thick branch. The starling’s feathers are blue, purple or green depending on how the light is hitting them with small white heart shapes at the ends of each feather creating a speckled look.
2 days ago

lol! i got a lifer last week and i didn't even realize! i just loaded up pictures from the last while since i haven't taken too many lately and got to this shot and had to take a pause because i was like "that's a weird looking sparrow" sure enough it's a lincoln's sparrow! i've been wanting to see one for a long time, wish i had known in the moment lmao i thought it was just an american tree sparrow since those were around too!

#birds #birding #BirdPhotography #bird #featherverse

a speckled brown, black, and grey sparrow standing on a moss and lichen covered branch. they have a tall hump of feathers on their head with brown and black stripes running over it, a thin beak, and lots of streaking over their wings and body

Hey! It's cold out here! Let me in!

Dunnock looking into the window of my car

#JOINin #WinterPictures #AddToTHRED

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon #UK

An inquisitive Dunnock looking into a window of a car

Dusk at the wetlands. Lapwing are just about visible.

I love being out at dusk, though its not ideal for bird photography.

#nature #birds #Wildlife #photography #NaturePhotography #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfMastodon

Lapwing wading in the shallows of a wetland lake
2 days ago
Perched on a branch and viewed side on, a striking black pigeon looks at the camera. It has single white feathers in its wing tips and bright white cere above its beak. Out of focus beaches and blue sky behind.
Jonny d (deaksbeaks)
3 days ago

An acrobatic rose-ringed parakeet in my garden on this chilly Sunday morning.
#birds #birdphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography #photo #photography

Bright green parakeet with a red beak and orange and blue eyes, hanging upside down on a metal feeder station. He appears to be watching me cooking through the window.
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago


Here's an Ospreay (Pandion haliaetus) that I saw today. The bird was high over the ocean and long way off. The photo isn't the greatest, but it might be the best photo of an osprey that I've taken.

"Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds' feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.

#photo #photographylover #photography #birdphotography #bird #birdwatching #osprey

"Ospreys are very large, distinctively shaped hawks. Despite their size, their bodies are slender, with long, narrow wings and long legs. Ospreys fly with a marked kink in their wings, making an M-shape when seen from below. Ospreys are brown above and white below, and overall they are whiter than most raptors. From below, the wings are mostly white with a prominent dark patch at the wrists. The head is white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. Juveniles have white spots on the back and buffy shading on the breast."
3 days ago


White-throated Sparrows have a very distinctive call, and will answer back if you whistle to them. They overwinter in thickets of downed limbs, and greenbrier near wetlands. ID is easy with the song, the white stripes on the head, the white under the bill and the yellow lores. They breed mainly in Canada and overwinter in south and southeast, and along the California-Oregon Coast. Watch for these gregarious birds as you hike.


White-throated Sparrow.  A small sparrow perched on a branch, looking back at the camera.  They have dark brown and gray wing pattern, some mottling on the breast and characteristic white stripes on the head and under the chin.  The yellow patch at between the eye and the bill is diagnostic.  Their call is unique, and they will answer if you whistle.
3 days ago

“If men had wings and bore black feathers few would be clever enough to be crows” - Henry Ward Beecher

Fewer still would clever enough to be ravens. #photography #birding #birdPhotography #Nunavut

Portrait of a Raven in black and white.
Matti Aleve
3 days ago

Here is the bird that had everyone's attention at Sam Smith Park this morning, a Red Phalarope in its winter colours.

#bird #birdphotography

A bird on water, mostly white with grey, black and brown markings.  Easily mistaken for a seagul at a quick glance.  It has a longer beak.
A bird on water, mostly white with grey, black and brown markings.  Easily mistaken for a seagul at a quick glance.  It has a longer beak.  Its wings are extended.
4 days ago

We have at least 1 pair of hairy woodpeckers who come to the feeders year round. Here's the male. #birds #birding #birdphotography #naturephotography #woodpecker #hoosiermast

Hairy woodpecker has the same black and white color scheme as a downy woodpecker and the red dot at the back of its head marks it as a male. However, it is larger and its beak is longer, relative to the size of its head.
5 days ago
Stocky bird with white chest & belly, black head, brown wings and red-orange beak, perched in a bush against a yellow fall background
Bruno Philipe
5 days ago

One of their buddies was just hanging out in the sun for a bit.

#photography #BirdPhotography #SpottedTowhee #sparrows

a spotted towhee perched on a fine branch, with the sun shining on its side, making its feathers and iris glow bright. it seems a bit wet, and it is puffing up its feathers, making it look very round
Bruno Philipe
5 days ago

I caught this spotted towhee digging a hole into a tree and making a mess. "Whatcha looking at, mate??"

#photography #BirdPhotography #SpottedTowhee #sparrows

the tail of a spotted towhee sparrow sticking out from the trunk of a tree. a cloud of fine wood splinters is coming off the tree, having been pushed out by the bird
the spotted towhee stops digging and sticks their neck out to have a look at me
Bruno Philipe
5 days ago

Spotted this bald eagle today and it was going 😛 the entire time??

#photography #eagle #BirdPhotography

a bald eagle perched on the top of a tree canopy, with its wings spread out, although only one wing is clearly visible. it has its beak open and tongue sticking out
Carl T. Bergstrom
5 days ago

So the Torresian crows of Brisbane have the most stunning blue rim around the pupils of their light eyes — and I love them.

#birding #birdphotography #birdwatching #crow #crows #corvids

A close-up of a beautiful crow with a massive, almost raven-like bill, prominent rictal bristles, and a white eye with a blue rim around the pupil.
5 days ago

Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

they are so small and hard to get a photo.
#birdphotography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #photography