Small green chameleon with pronounced ridge on back, crossing the foot path to my office and nearly stepped on by passers-by so I scooped it up and transferred to to a nearby Balanites aegptica tree, where it quickly (for a chameleon) climbed up and out of harm's way. It got a bit flustered by the attention and started getting purplish-red spots, but was soon safe in a bunch of green thorns.
Large (5 cm body length, and perhaps 1 cm body width), 10-legged "spider-like" arachnid with large "jaws"; found on the floor in the hallway inside my office building when I arrived there at 08:05 this morning. Must have come in at night, attracted by the lights.
A small, plump, rufous-brown barred-back falcon, smaller than a Peregrine Falcon, sitting on a wooden stake about 30 cm above the ground in a field at the ICRISAT Sahelian Center that had been prepared for sowing a pearl millet crop management experiment. The large eye with a prominent yellow eye-ring, the black moustachial stripe, and the barred rufous-brown back are diagnostic for this female or juvenile Common Kestrel.
Five Four-Banded Sandgrouse nicely camouflaged in the dry grass alongside an interior road on the ICRISAT Sahelian Center research station at Sadore, approximately 40 km south-southeast of Niamey, Niger (5 km east of the Niamey-Say highway, N27). The group appears to be comprised of one male and four females.
Small hornbill with a red beak and pink facial skin observed in a tree in a courtyard in the office complex at the ICRISAT Sahelian Center. Northern Red-Billed Hornbill.
Dark falcon with a prominent black crown, light supercilium and a black moustachial stripe; member of a family (?) group of five individuals.
Document the local flora and fauna, and cultivated (for food, fodder, fuel, construction material and/or ornamental use) of a 500 ha agricultural research station run by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), some 40 km south-southeast of Niamey, Niger near the border of the Sahelian and Sudanian agroecologicla zones in West Africa