Here’s another batch from Steve Pinker’s trip to Uganda. I gather he’s back from Tasmania now, so expect some photos from there. The captions are Pinkah’s
A yawning Chlorocebus pygerythrus, aka vervet:
Eye contact with Chamaeleonidae (not sure which of the 160 species this is [JAC: can readers help?]):
Happy hippo family (Hippopotamus amphibius):
Collared lion (Panthera leo) on a mound:
Grass stem with a Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix): [JAC: the source of the name is obvious!]
Here’s a short video of one building a grass nest (Wikipedia notes that males build several nests at the start of the breeding season to attract females.
It still amazes me that the construction of such elaborate nests is hard-wired in its genome, since birds can do it without learning. Somehow in the configuration of neurons and molecules in its tiny brain is a program, written by natural selection, that produces this behavior:
For you birders, there are a lot more Pinker bird photos to come.