There are a lot of things to write about today, including a cool new paper on frigatebirds, birds that can stay aloft (without landing) for over two months. We’ll see how many we get to, as I have other work to do. In the meantime, here’s a “spot the ___” post, with the series initiated long ago by Professor Sir Matthew Cobb (that’s his new name since he was given a literary knighthood by the French for his books on the French resistance and the liberation of Paris).
This one isn’t too hard, but shows again how cryptic animals can be in the wild, and for good reasons. Reader Tom Hennessy sent this photo and some notes:
While I was in Shenandoah National Park in May taking photos of wildflowers and landscapes, I noticed a small toad in a meadow. As I tried to get a photo of it, it buried itself backward into the floor of the meadow.
Okay, spot it! (Click to enlarge; there won’t be a reveal as it’s too easy! But remember, predators don’t know it’s there, and so give the area only a cursory glance.)