Birds

Sam Droege/USGS

Sample of Dead Birds that struck buildings in Washington D.C. during the Fall and Spring of 2012 in a short stretch of streets from Union Station to the Convention Center, photo stitched together from 18 separate hi res shots. Specimens surveyed (with permits) by Lights Out DC group and deposited in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History , can you name all the species?

Sam Droege/USGS

Sample of Dead Birds that struck buildings in Washington D.C. during the Fall and Spring of 2012 in a short stretch of streets from Union Station to the Convention Center, photo stitched together from 18 separate hi res shots. Specimens surveyed (with permits) by Lights Out DC group and deposited in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History , can you name all the species?

Illustration by John James Audubon
Photograph by Thomas D. Mangelsen
Photograph by Gregory A. Craybas
Photograph by Francois Portmann
Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

"Hunting at Arverne, New York, this owl dropped in the snow near me," writes the photographer. "At first I thought she had caught something."

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This owl at Breezy Point, New York had what looks like a long-tailed duck in its talons. In "normal winters,” snowy owl move north rather than south to hunt eiders at water holes in the Arctic ice.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This owl alights at Breezy Point, with the Manhattan skyline lit by the sunset glow in the background.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This owl in Breezy Point, New York settled in John F. Kennedy Airport's shadow.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This snowy in Fort Tilden, New York flies away from harassing crows.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This was the photographer's first snowy owl of the season, found with the help of these harassing crows at Fort Tilden in New York.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

It's hunting time again at Arverne, New York. The photographer took most of her pictures of the owls within last or first hour of daylight. That's when they are more active, their eyes open, in the gorgeous winter light of coastal Northeast.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This owl spent the day in the piping plovers nesting ground at Arverne Beach, New York. Well hidden in the dried stalks and grass, people walked by on the boardwalk and the water’s edge, completely unaware.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This bird is hunting at Breezy Point, New York in strong wind. "It's surprising to see these huge birds perched on thin branches; it shows how light they really are," writes Portmann.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

This image was taken in in Arverne in the Rockaways, New York. "I always love the contrast between the two worlds when possible," writes the photographer.

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

It's time to start hunting in Breezy Point, New York. "This snowy is probably the biggest I’ve photographed this winter," says the photographer. "Just the head is about the size of a soccer ball."

 

Photograph by Francois Portmann

SNOWY OWL INVASION

A photographer captures this elusive bird's visit to the lower 48.

 

An owl hunting in the swale at Breezy Point, New York.

 

Photograph by Donald M Jones
Courtesy Merlin Ornithology Lab
Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kaloakulua snuggles up in its nest under the protective wing of a parent. The nest has been a safe haven for the chick for the past three weeks. It will take the better part of year for Kaloakulua to grow into adulthood, during which the chick will become bigger than its mother and father.

Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parent and baby share a tender moment on camera. Cornell's live footage of this Laysan Albatross family began streaming on Jan. 28 and is still up and running.

Silvia Reiche/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures/Corbis

The eye of a Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula).

Purple gallinule, by Susan Davis

Great blue heron, by Michael Libbe

Purple gallinule, by Susan Davis

Great blue heron, by Michael Libbe

Photograph by Peter Kaestner

Peter Kaestner, U.S. senior civilian representative, takes a moment to admire some of the native tumbleweed in Afghanistan.

Photograph by Peter Kaestner

Horned larks are present year-round in the U.S., but can also be found on the opposite side of the world. Kaestner counted 19 of them during his one-day survey in northern Afghanistan.

Photograph by Salah Baazizi
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