photo by Tim Melling
This rare antelope (Nyala angasii) has a highly restricted global range, being found only in the high mountain forested grasslands of Ethiopia at 2000-4000m. They were the last of the great antelope species to be described new to science in 1910, and the global population (listed as endangered by IUCN) is probably fewer than 2500 mature individuals. They spent a lot of time shading under trees in the heat of the day, but are more active mornings and evenings. They were also incredibly variable in colouration and pattern. I thought that this was a particularly beautifully marked individual.
The American Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
… is a small, long-tailed chickadee-like bird of western North America, and the only representative of its taxonomic Family found on the continent. It is a dimorphic species - males have dark brown eyes, and females have pale yellow. There are also two color forms: coastal populations have a brown cap and pale face, while interior birds have a gray cap and brown face, though intergrades exist.
They are incredibly social birds, typically found in groups of 10-40 individuals year round, and will descend on suet feeders in noisy flocks. Unusual among birds, breeding pairs will normally have ‘helpers’ at the nest, offspring from previous broods that haven’t yet moved away from home (more often males than females). They build pendulous oriole-like nests, and while only one bird incubates at a time during the day, at night the entire family will pile into the nest together to roost.
photo by Julio Mulero (JulioM.) on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
Long jawed orbweaver, Metellina mengei, body - 5 mm body, legspread - 20 mm, Germany.
(photo: Andre Karwath)