Category Archives: spot the ________

Spot the timber rattlesnake!

by Matthew Cobb This was posted on Tw*tter by James Green (@jameskelangreen), who’s from Texas and describes himself as “Nature Fanatic. Tree Guy. Mediator between man and nature. Polyamorous. Godless.” Somewhere in James’s pic is a timber rattlesnake… I’ll post the answer in a couple of hours.

Spot the Tiktaalik!

As you probably know, my colleague Neil Shubin was on the team of biologists and paleontologists who uncovered the fossil Tiktaalik, a lobe-finned fish that lived about 375 million years ago. Three skeletons of this species are now known, all found on Ellesmere Island, part of the Canadian territory of Nunavet. Below in red is […]

Here’s the nightjar!

Did you spot it here? "Find the nightjar" It's almost that time of year again when I drive myself mad looking for Nightjars on the ground. Here's a photo of one grounded. Good luck! pic.twitter.com/7tk34QLd30 — Lee Gardiner (@Wildwood_photos) April 4, 2018 I didn’t, despite Matthew saying it was “easy”. So I got him to […]

Spot the nightjar!

The nightjar was the original “spot the” animal, and our own Matthew Cobb was the instigator of that series. Well, we have another “spot the nightjar”, coming from this tweet: "Find the nightjar" It's almost that time of year again when I drive myself mad looking for Nightjars on the ground. Here's a photo of […]

Here’s the snake!

Did you spot the rough-scaled snake? As msn news noted in its reveal, it was “hiding underneath the palm tree near the browning leaf to the left. . . The snake is gray in color and curled up, with its recognizable risen scales seen poking through the foliage.” The location is circled, and an enlargement, […]

Spot the snake!

Reader Malcolm called my attention to a spot-the-snake piece that appeared on msn news. Some information: The Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers based in Queensland, Australia have challenged their followers to spot a deadly and ultra-aggressive rough-scaled snake  [Tropidechis carinatus] hiding in the picture below. [Snake-catcher Lochi] said the snake was over four feet long and […]

Spot the insect!

Reader Robert sent a photo that hides some insects (I don’t know where they all are). How many can you spot? Robert’s notes: A slightly unusual entry for your consideration: This is the “Spot the insect” display at the Oxford University Museum for Natural History, used to show the gradual steps in the evolution of […]

Spot the cats!

Reader Tim E. sent a “spot the cats” photo. I rate this one “pretty easy”, so if you’re a beginner start here. I was in Rome last week taking a tour of the ancient ruins.  There was one I thought you would take a particular interest in, Largo di Torre Argentina.  As the tour guide was […]

Here’s the raven!

Did you find the raven in the photo below? Find the raven in the postcard 😀 pic.twitter.com/REIjQCWrTC — Ravenmaster (@ravenmaster1) February 18, 2018 I had trouble, but here’s the answer: Found it! pic.twitter.com/wGoXJJ2Dac — Joachim H Paptimus (@Johapain) February 18, 2018 Is that a raven in your pants or are you happy to see me?

Find the raven!

Here’s some more persiflage: our first “spot the. . .” quiz that isn’t a photo. It’s a drawing on an old British postcard. There’s a raven hidden in it! Can you spot it? Answer at 1 pm Chicago time (h/t: Matthew). Find the raven in the postcard 😀 pic.twitter.com/REIjQCWrTC — Ravenmaster (@ravenmaster1) February 18, 2018 […]