Readers’ (and proprietor’s) wildlife photos

May 25, 2020 • 7:45 am

The photo tank is running a bit low, so I implore you to send me good wildlife photos (and don’t forget the ID and Latin binomial).  Today’s contribution is from reader John Crisp, who shows a lovely chameleon but asks readers to identify the species, as he doesn’t know it. His brief notes are indented. At the bottom is a photograph from me.

Here is a series of shots of a snacking chameleon, taken last November in Kigali, Rwanda. Fairly self-explanatory.

And here’s a teaser for My Two Days with Sammy, the indescribably wonderful period I spent with Sam (short for “Samantha” or “Samuel,” as its sex was indeterminate), a one-day-old orphaned mallard duckling who was ignominiously dumped in Botany Pond by an ignorant man. I rescued him and took care of him. Short take: he was a special duckling, who had loads of personality and was very vigorous and loving. He’s now at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a highly reputed bird rehab and rescue organization in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He was placed with other orphan ducklings of his age so he won’t be bullied.

I hated to give him up, but it was, I think, the best thing for him—and how could I raise a mallard?

Isn’t he adorable?


16 thoughts on “Readers’ (and proprietor’s) wildlife photos

  1. Hi Jerry, how do we send you photos? I found something in my basement, and would like to share a picture of it with you. I know you will love it. I don’t see any links on the site to contact you.
    Thanks, Jeremy

  2. I can’t name the chameleon species but the photos make me whince at the thought of it snagging its tongue on those thorns!

  3. Sammy is adorable! Maybe you can visit hir again one day. It would be an excuse to get out a little.

    The chameleon looks to be Trioceros ellioti, ‘Elliot’s chameleon’.

  4. I’d bet that’s a side-striped chameleon.

    Somebody ought to name a chameleon after Miley Cyrus. Or maybe it’d be better if she metamorphosed into one.

  5. First, sign me up in the Sammy Is Adorable club – I can see what a wrench it must have been to let him go.
    Second, how did Mr. Crisp get that series of photos so clearly focused of an action that must have taken on a split second?!! Spectacular.

    1. Sorry about the delay in replying to your kind comment. The answer to your question is that I have a very good camera! Technically, I used shutter priority at 1/2500, and set to fast burst (24 frames per second). The only credit I can claim was that I watched the chameleon hunting for some time, so I knew when it was about to “shoot” and could start shooting myself a millisecond before it did. The tongue is so long that I could not take an adequate series of shots of the whole animal and its tongue at full extension!

  6. I don’t understand why the person who retrieved Sam came in the wee hours? Do some people conduct business at 3 and 4 a.m.? In a book about the Dowager Empress of China I learned that state meetings could be held at such ungodly hours (though no mention of why) but what goes with the visit to get Sam?

  7. One reader suggests Eliot’s Chameleon, but unlikely as Eliot’s is a very rare species. More likely it is Trioceros bitaeniatus, as suggested by another reader.

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