This week’s photo challenge is: Scale. Oh, I knew I would have fun with this one. Nature is full of interesting differences in size. And then there’s the effect of perspective, where nearer objects appear larger and distant objects smaller. Here are my entries for the week.
Either this is a Condor in a giant’s hand or, it’s a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird while being harmlessly banded for migration studies. This juvenile’s ruby throat isn’t fully formed yet. He later flew away unharmed.
American White Pelicans together with Laughing Gulls. The Pelicans average about 20 lbs. The Gulls average 10 oz. That makes the Pelicans 32 times larger than the Gulls! There are three more species of birds in this pic. One is hard to see because the photo size has been reduced. Two others are clearly visible. Can you identify them?
Okay, so Pelicans are BIG! So Seagulls must be small, right? They’re actually kinda big birds. Here’s a Laughing Gull (juvenile plumage) beside Least Sandpipers. The Sandpipers average 0.9 oz compared to the gull’s average 10 oz. That makes the Laughing Gull 11 times larger than the Least Sandpiper!
Uh…yeah. Despite their size, Hummingbirds are pretty bold. This one was harassing a Red-Shouldered Hawk. David and Goliath in the bird world.
Not all ducks are the same. At top: Gadwall, At right: Bufflehead (F), At bottom: Bufflehead (M), At left: American Coot.
T-Rex’s are big, but when they’re the size of a hotel, well that’s just disturbing.
Look for more photos answering the week’s challenge right here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/scale/