Farmers were out harvesting in late October – and so were wild creatures. Scott Thiede sent a photo of a flock of crows feasting on sunflowers seed heads, just ahead of the combine. “Sunflower harvesting
Backyard and Beyond
This handsome osprey “caught breakfast on his third try,” said photographer Marguerite Eichelberger. Not bad, considering that osprey have been found to be successful in snatching a fish in about 25% of their tries.
A great horned owl landed in a tree near Deb Ranney, allowing her to take this excellent photo of a raptor and its prey, in this case an unlucky muskrat. It “seemed strange to see
Anyone lucky enough to encounter a cecropia moth will doubtless never forget it. These huge moths, the largest in North America, stretch as wide as your stretched-out hand. And they’re spectacularly gorgeous: Just look at
Sometimes a photo is just as captivating for what it doesn’t show as for what it does. Case in point: Scott Thiede is a very patient photographer, sitting in a blind out in a field
Nature goes into overdrive as summer begins to draw to a close: spiders hunt relentlessly for prey, young animals practice vital life skills, the avian world prepares for migration.
Consider the scene in David Bendorf’s
Marguerite Eichelberger has been keeping an eye on a kestrel family on a friend’s property, enjoying the antics of the young falcons after fledging from their nest cavity. She was on hand to take photos
Mid-June was nesting season for our smallest heron, and Joanna Taylor snapped a photo near her pond, showing little green herons with their pointy beaks poking over the nest’s edge.
On the same day, Jim
Reading about these unusual creatures, I was struck by how beneficial they are, consuming insects, worms, snakes, frogs, mice, fruit, berries, carrion, and just about anything else they can find.