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Gordon Dietzman

Gordon Dietzman

Gordon Dietzman -- Worked with endangered species, am a wilderness canoeist, conservation educator, and nature photographer. Noah Ranger.

Minnesota, USALat: 46.73, Long: -94.69

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Gordon Dietzman Tree swallow
Tree swallow commented on by Gordon Dietzman North Carolina, USA2 weeks ago

I too have spent way too many shutter snaps to catch tree swallows in flight...and have rarely been successful. Kudos to for trying and getting these shots!

Gordon Dietzman Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl commented on by Gordon Dietzman Minnesota, USA3 weeks ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments....

Gordon Dietzman Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl commented on by Gordon Dietzman Minnesota, USA4 weeks ago

Thanks Patty and Austin. I visited Sax-Zim Bog (Minnesota) for an afternoon and the next morning and found three rare species of owls: snowy, great gray, and northern hawk owls. I managed to photograph all three with varying success, but these two shots were my favorites of the trip. Sax-Zim Bog is an up and coming winter birding location (although summer is also very good). There is some talk of it becoming a National Wildlife Refuge because of its rare and unusual species. Very cool place (especially in winter...grin).

Gordon Dietzman Anurida sp.
Anurida sp. commented on by Gordon Dietzman Florida, USA4 weeks ago

I think you have photographed springtails. These are tiny insects, come in a number of different colors, are usually shaped like these, have short stubby antenna, etc. Take a look at this Bugguide.net page and see what you think: http://bugguide.net/node/view/97813. I see them up here in Minnesota at this time of year as the snow is melting back. They are often found on the snow around holes melted around trees and can occur in the thousands.

Gordon Dietzman Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by Gordon Dietzman Tucson, Arizona, USA4 weeks ago

Robber Flies are always tough as there are so many species. However I wonder if it could be Efferia tricella. See http://bugguide.net/node/view/235545 and read the discussion on http://bugguide.net/node/view/59806/bgpa.... Hope this helps. This particular records comes from Arizona as well so it may be pertinent.

Gordon Dietzman Shrimp
Shrimp commented on by Gordon Dietzman Edmonton, Alberta, Canada4 weeks ago

Interesting spotting. I suspect you have, not a shrimp, but a snow scorpionfly (Boreus brumalis). They are usually found on the surface of the snow on warm winter days, especially towards spring. Take a look at this page and see if you'd agree with me: http://bugguide.net/node/view/377528. If so, I think you may have the first spotting of this insect on Project Noah!

Gordon Dietzman Velvet Ant
Velvet Ant commented on by Gordon Dietzman Titusville, Florida, USA4 weeks ago

Cool spotting! This is one of the so-called velvet ants, which are not ants at all but wasps. I suspect this particular species is in the genus Dasymutilla. To narrow down the ID, start by checking out this page: http://bugguide.net/node/view/13118/bgpa... . I'll be curious as to what you decide this insect is. This is one insect that is best left alone as they can have a very severe sting. Again, very cool spotting.

Gordon Dietzman Fox
Fox commented on by Gordon Dietzman Zandvoort, Noord-Holland, Netherlandsa month ago

Very nice photography. Thanks for sharing!

Gordon Dietzman Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by Gordon Dietzman Florida, USAa month ago

What an interesting find. I've just spent about an hour pondering this spotting. It's built very lightly and there are struts in various places so I'm guessing bird. Here is a bit of an idea. It may not be a skull, despite what appears to be eye sockets, nares holes and a bill. I'm wondering if it isn't a bird's pelvic girdle. I can't find anything quite like this though on image searches, but bird pelvic girdles are often mis-identified even by naturalists as skulls. Eye sockets are well-defined in birds and I don't see that definition here. At least if others are working on this it may provide a different direction to search for an ID. I suspect it is a pelvic girdle. Can you give us dimensions? I'm intrigued....

Gordon Dietzman Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle commented on by Gordon Dietzman Northglenn, Colorado, USAa month ago

Now that is one gorgeous photo! Actually, they are both really nice....