This set of photographs are records of some of the encounters I've had whilst engaged in fieldwork. I make no apologies for the bias to US species, as these trips had so much wildlife it was quite astonishing, and of course novel to have so many species of large mammals, reptiles and birds of prey to observe as we travel through and work the badlands. You might notice the images from North Dakota and Montana are surprisingly green for late June, this is because of the exceptionally damp year so far. As local garage owner Jim Martin said "You can tell it's been a wet spring when the clover's high on the gumbo banks".
|Sea anemone (Sagartia elegans), Isle of Wight. Found in a rock pool whilst looking for dinosaur bones.|
|Common Side-Blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana), Potter's Canyon, Arizona.|
This attractive lizard was not for hanging about but did pose long enough for a couple of pics.
|I have to be honest, I have no idea what this is but it was found by Professor Tom Hollocher|
in the badlands of the Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota.
|Plains pricklypear (Opuntia polycantha). Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota.|
|A young rattlesnake (unsure of the species) warns us in no uncertain terms - stay away. Montana.|
|Common Raven (Corvax corax), South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona.|
These magnificent birds frequent the trails around the canyon.
|Desert Striped Whipsnake (Masticophis bilineatus lieolatus). Potter's Canyon, Arizona.|
This fantastic snake was spotted during an SVP field trip. A shed skin was found nearby,
and it may well have come from this animal.
|I think this a Woodhouse's Toad (Bufo woodhousii), Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota.|
|Tarantula (Aphonopelma sp.), Warner Valley, Utah. This is a male possibly out on the hunt for|
a female. It was small, a wonderful blue-grey and a real beauty.
Next: Tracks and traces in the desert.