Thanks Charlie. Best I could do with my pocket camera. I am just glad he was a relatively big bird that decided to stop on a clear branch. Felt a little sorry for the frog - they are such cuties.
The painted wood turtle or ornate wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima) is a turtle species of the genus Rhinoclemmys in the family Geoemydidae. It is found in Mexico from Sonora southwards, and Central America down to Costa Rica. There are four recognized subspecies. It is a terrestrial lowland species, primarily an inhabitant of scrub lands and moist woodlands, but also occurs in gallery forest close to streams.
Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima is an attractive species with thin red lines on the face and extensive areas of red and black vermiculations on the limbs, thighs, and tail as well as on the ventral parts of the marginal scutes and near the midline of the plastron. It has a small head with finely serrated jaw edges. It is omnivorous, feeding on wildflowers, grasses, fruit, insects, worms, and fish. Because it is so attractive, it is often exploited for the pet trade. Unfortunately this species seldom does well in captivity and usually dies within the first year. In Mexico it is currently under special protection (NOM 59).
One of them unusually shaped spiders, with a uplifted abdomen. Very slow moving and when thought showed no sign of aggression , it just walked a short distance and stoped and take up a posture of a small pice of tree twick . The raised abdomen was about 7-8 mm high .Coloration mostly light brown and darker brown tones . Could not find any trace of a web. There seem to be 2 rows of 4 eyes but none of the images taken show the configuration well enough .
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.