Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

This will be the last batch of readers’ wildlife photos for a while. But please keep accumulating them to send me when I return.

First, Christopher Moss, whose “first chipmunk of spring” photo was posted two days ago, adds a video of what he says is a mating call. (Do female chipmunks call?) His comment: “Beginning at first light, and continued now for five solid hours! She must have a sore throat!”

And some diverse photos by reader Damon Williford from Texas, whose notes are indented:

Attached are some photos of wildlife from May of last year. The photos were taken at the Lost Maples State Recreation Area, which is located on the Edwards Plateau.  This region is home to endemic species as well as other species more characteristic of western North America.
The first three photos are of Spot-tailed Earless Lizard (Holbrookia lacerata lacerata).
The fourth photo is of a Common Raven (Corvus corax), which is difficult to find in Texas outside of the Edwards Plateau.
The fifth is a Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus), formerly considered a subspecies of the Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor).
I purchased a macro lens 2 years ago and I am trying to do more arthropod photography. The sixth photo is a damselfly, the Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis).
The seventh photo is Prince Baskettail (Epitheca princeps).
The last photo is my first attempt at trying to photograph a water strider (Gerridae). I have no clue about the species or genus of this insect.


  1. Posted March 15, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I am not emailing PCC[E] this but did you all see the oldest plant fossil???
    Three-dimensional preservation of cellular and subcellular structures suggests 1.6 billion-year-old crown-group red algae

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted March 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      Oh my! I was going to ask about this at “Answers” in Genesis, but they don’t allow comments.

      Thank you. Looks extremely interesting!

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Very good! I especially like the spreadwing damselfly. Lovely blue eyes.
    Ravens are simply awesome birds. A species that seems to be thinking of something when it looks at you.

  3. Posted March 15, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Ravens are rare in Texas? That’s interesting; I thought they had more or less the range of humans. I wonder why?

    • Dominic
      Posted March 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      In the British Isles they are confined to the wilder areas of the west & north – often where there is more carrion or sea bird colonies…

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted March 16, 2017 at 5:56 am | Permalink

        Whilst this is essentially true, the raven has been spreading eastwards and is increasingly recorded in lowland England.

      • Posted March 17, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        I thought that there were ravens at the Tower of London? Or are they imports?

  4. Lars
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Liked them all but was especially pleased to see the photos of the Holbrookia.
    I worked on another species of this genus when I was living in the States.

  5. nicky
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Earless lizard? What does that refer to?

    • Lars
      Posted March 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Just what it sounds like – there is no external ear opening. They burrow in sand, and external ear openings would probably just get clogged up.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful lizard…I have never heard of that species. Thanks for the photos!

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