White-eared Puffbird, Pantanal, Brazil

Return of Bird of the Week: White-eared Puffbird


Remember WC cautioned readers that some of the Puffbird photos were pretty sketchy. Here’s another. The White-eared Puffbird is found from eastern Peru and central Brazil south to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. It prefers the middle levels of jungle forest and the gallery forests of the lowlands. Like other Puffbirds, it still-hunts from mid-level perches in trees and shrubs,…

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Payette Lake, Idaho

Field Notes: Payette Lake


As WC mentioned earlier, he spent part of last week at Mrs. WC’s family cabin on Payette Lake, in central Idaho. At 5,000-plus feet, it’s about 20 degrees cooler than Boise, and a completely different set of habitats for birds. WC spent a lot of time on the cabin’s front deck, photographing the Ponderosa Pine…

Sea Otter, Valdez Arm, Alaska

Marine Mammal Notes: Sea Otters


WC has been accused of being a speciesist, exalting birds above all other critters. That’s probably true, but WC scarcely cares. But in an effort to at least partially redress that emphasis, WC introduces an occasional feature, focused on marine mammals. We’ll begin with the cutest and smartest: the endangered Sea Otter. Sea Otters, not…

Margaret Bourke-White, Louisville Flood, 1937

Bourke-White: Lessons from History


Old age brings perspective, WC was told. Well, WC has achieved old age, and what it has mostly brought is a sadness that so little has changed. WC will illustrate his point with some photos from another of his heroes, Margaret Bourke-White, a great photographer of the first half of the 20th Century. Here’s her…

Comet Neowise, July 17, 2020, from the Western Snake River Plain

Neowise 2, WC 0


WC went out comet chasing last Friday night. To escape the light pollution in the Boise metropolitan region, WC and Mrs. WC headed out onto the Snake River Plain, at the westerly end of the Morley Nelson Birds of Prey area, along Swan Falls Road. We found a bumpy, dusty side road, and settled in…