The first three images show an inchworm mimicking a twig on a leaf in its silk-laden territory at the extremity of a tree. Some of the leaves appear to have been foraged upon.
Inchworms regularly drop from their nests on trees. However, many are fortunate enough not to suffer a hard landing on the bare ground below. The worms have silk attached to the tree from their bodies to prevent a complete drop. The same silk strand helps to pull back up from a half-drop to the host tree.
The last photo shows an inchworm on a silk thread mid-air, twisting and dangling as it pulls up back to its nest.
This is the habitat of the fruit bats. These set of trees along the road also plays host to plantain eaters by day. The bats concentrated on the tree under which the yellow bus is parked.
In the daylight, the leaves of the tree looked severely disturbed by their activity. Waste was also witnessed on the ground under the outermost neighboring tree.
Bats visiting a neighborhood tree in large numbers. There were large and small ones. They fly into the trees, hang on a little while before taking to the air. One tree however was the most visited. The tree had clusters of small, green fruits. There was matter seen dropping as the bats flew about.
As the days went on, the number of bats visiting the trees dwindled. And so the few visitors were easy to monitor. They concentrated on a lone tree. They seemed to come for the fruits on the tree. Individuals had the green round object in their mouths as they flew off to the direction from whence they had come. That is after hovering about prospective locations on the tree and then actually hanging on to a branch to pluck a fruit. The leaves of the tree looked severely disturbed; stripped.
By this time, a large adult had taken residence on the tree. He swooped about occasionally and recessed to a high branch, while the other bats went about their fruit-picking exercise.
The area is not known to be a popular spot for bats until this moment.
On a hill
Black ants tending to aphids on a plant
Hatched eggs of an unknown insect on leaf of a tree
White wings, black-tipped with dots. Found along forest path.
Pair of small birds, colored black and white. They chirp and dip their tail wings to the ground while they walk.
Weaver ants at work on plants along the forest path
Probably having a rest after foraging on its host.
On fern along the forest path
Black-winged skipper butterfly with red head.
Spotted at Lufasi forest park, Lekki, Lagos.
I am not a fan of geckos, whether of the wall or of trees. But my experience with this particular gecko was entirely different from previous. It was love at first sight. My reservations towards reptiles generally changed instantly with the unprecedented encounter on my first visit to the Lufasi park at Lekki. Who would not mind keeping such dinky creeper as pet?
There was the only one chance for a photo before the tiny blue-green gecko retreated behind the frond and finally disappeared into the ornamental palm, one among a series bordering the park roadway.
Flower of common water hyacinth. The invasive aquatic plant crowded the waters edge at the location.
Larva of unknown sphinx moth nicely camouflaged in garden foliage. Its color and body markings helps it to blend well into its environment.
Initially observed feeding on leaves(supposedly ficcus sp.). When its space is breached, it immediately assumes a posture of a leaf on the branch it had been feeding on. It can pull some fearful stunts, like whipping around or baring its mouth part in an intimidating fashion, if directly disturbed.
Red-patch Epitolina on a branch, with larvae and ants.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos.
Hanging out with cattle egrets
A bird sanctuary near a stream.
During the weekend, I went on a little adventure to access this congregation of birds living on trees beside a stream, as seen from over a bridge. The larger population (about 90%) of the birds are egrets. Several of them could be seen spread across the sky, flocking to this point from different locations. The smaller population of birds, as well as I could observe, constitute a cormorant-like birds. Big. Black. A far cry from the egret, the birds looked more impressive in size and color than I had previously imagined. A couple of them came on board as one or two fanned their broad wing(s) out to leave the refuge.
The location was noisy with loud, unrestricted squawking. Most birds were at rest. Others were active.
Grey-bodied bird with speckles on the neck. Has long wings with a white band spanning across. Beak is pointy, yellow. Has long tail feathers, and a low crest on the head. The species seems to be gregarious.
Mostly lives in large trees and nests on the top.
Long-legged, black-bodied, with head and wings partly black and partly white.
The pair in the first photo were feeding with other birds on a dirt heap. The birds in subsequent photos are on a construction site near a stream.
A later pair, the first encountered, began to call out loud when their territory was encroached their space. They soon took off, circling the airspace above their territory in an attempt I think is to ward off the threat. As far as I could see, there was no sign of a nest.
A group feeding on the embankment next to the lagoon.
This fauna thriving on the fence was only a strand when I first observed it over a couple of months ago. Presently it is mature and grown into a small bushy cluster, with a replica only inches away.
Leaf surface is plain and pale green, while the rear has black linear markings. Leaf blade is serrated.
The leaves are succulent, something characteristic of aloes.
The white egrets are more skittish. The egret that was actually the motivation for this observation took off before I could say Jack... leaving me behind with the black :-)
Has two eggs in a nest made on the outer window sill of the bedroom.
It is very protective of the eggs.
It fled the first time I approached for a photo. So I took a shot of only the eggs it had left behind. Desirous of a photo of mother and eggs, I waited long enough for it to return (10 mins+). My hand held the camera against netting like a trap. The dove first landed on the window itself, and then on the sill after momentarily inspecting the vicinity for 'foreign bodies'. Then it approached the nest cautiously. It became apprehensive when it discovered that I was still intruding from the other side of the net. But it did not flee this time. It would walk pause, bob its head up, down, right, left. Finally it found the courage to reach the nest and mount the eggs to continue its motherly role of incubation regardless of the breach of privacy. My presence was discomforting still so that the dove fluffed up its wings every now and then, making it appear larger than it really is. By this time, I'd had good photos to share. I let it be.
All of the mudskippers at the lagoon front that I could get my camera on. Slimy, muscular-bodied and with bulging eyes. Methinks that they somewhat share facial resemblance with the hippos.
This is one of the two species of crabs observed at the Lagoon Front in the University of Lagos. Their bright pink legs and grey bodies distinguishes them from the black species which live closer to the water, in the marshy area with the mud-skippers.
The pink-legged crabs live beyond the coastline, in the sandy area, which visibly has a lot of burrows. Both species are very evasive.
Large tree with red blossom
A pair of woodland kingfishers and their home, a burrow in a branch of a dead tree near the railing they are sitting.
I discovered the nest when one flew away towards the tree and disappeared when it got under the branch.
Hoping to get a more natural photo, I waited for it to surface. About two minutes. It was alarmed when it came out. I fled, very far off into a large leafy tree.
One basking. And a pair in copula on the lower branch.
Found on the wall at night
Sticky webbed feet. Mottled skin. Attracted to light. On the passage wall at night.
This frog was probably going for the overhead light before I came along and took note of it. The handheld lamp which was used to lighten up the subject for a decent photograph was obviously a more convenient option. So it changed course and lept in the direction of my left hand.
This is not the first occasion where a frog would leap straight up as if to give me a hug (or a kiss). These night frogs seem to be drawn to point-light sources. And this interesting behavior has so far been witnessed near two ghost natal frog species. The first one found on a wall, following a slight bodily adjustment, made a bold move into the handheld LED illumination. Like it were a portal to a paradise only perceptible to them, these frogs make an ambitious leap for light. This one was observed on a grass field at night. I got out my camera to take photographs as soon as I had it in the spotlight. It sat calm up to till the moment it sprang high up in what I supposed was an escape move. But, on the contrary, it had aimed for the torch light directly above it. It made off when it failed to reach it.
On a plant, early in the morning.
Colourful varieties of koi carp in a pond.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
Found in one of the pools of murky water, what is left of a drought-stricken swamp forest that forms a larger area of the nature reserve.
Both are small-size crocs. No sign of larger ones in the vicinity. So there was the assumption that they were babies (until Jakob came around). They lay still like logs of wood jutting out of the water.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
On the trunk of a tree. When I entered its space, its body began to rock from side to side, as if blown by a gentle wind. I think this is a characteristic camouflage style employed by the mantis to confuse potential attackers. This way, it appeared like a leaf on the tree, though an oddly positioned one.
Fungi with a white lacy skirt growing in the middle of a field.
In Nigeria, the mushroom is one of several stinkhorns given the name Akufodewa by the Yoruba people. The name is derived from a combination of the Yoruba words ku ("die"), fun ("for"), ode ("hunter"), and wa ("search"), and refers to how the mushroom's stench can attract hunters who mistake its odour for that of a dead animal. The Yoruba have been reported to have used it as a component of a charm to make hunters less visible in times of danger. In other parts of Nigeria, they have been used in the preparation of harmful charms by ethnic groups such as the Urhobo and the Ibibio people. The Igbo people of east-central Nigeria called stinkhorns Ero-mma, from the Igbo words for "mushroom" and "devil".
Rear view I managed to capture before it flew off. In the hot afternoon, it had been idling on a blade of elephant grass.
On the power line
Long face, whiskers, sharp short teeth, short ears, four legs with claws, black thick fur with brown and white stripes on side and back. Long furry tail with white/brown markings.
Common Palm Nightfigher
Observed on the flowers at night.
Brown moth with light brown patches on wings
This snake was killed by the time I came across it. Please identify.