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Author Archive: Liz Brownlee

V is for Venezuelan Pebble Toad

This is rather an endearing little toad, photographed by Gérard Vigo – one of the differences between frogs and toads is that toads do not have such long, strong, back legs as frogs, and move by small hops or walking. This little toad has found a way to escape from its predators (mainly the toad-eating …

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U is for Underwater

This photo was taken by the fabulously talented Stefan Siebert, who has kindly given me permission to show it here. It is an extraordinarily beautiful creature, a tiny (about 5mm) underwater crustacean. It is a species of Sapphirina copepod – in the same family as woodlice and crabs. They are usually invisible. Until that is, they catch the …

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T is for Tarsier

Today it’s T for tarsier – a heart-meltingly cute little creature – this one is from the Philippines, an image by Yeowatzup on Flikr. The Philippine tarsier is only 3-6 inches in length (not including its surprisingly long tail) which makes it hard to spot – it’s one of the smallest primates. Tarsiers live on …

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S is for Squirrel

This squirrel image was taken by Tim Green on Flikr: People are divided in opinion about squirrels, particularly grey squirrels. They are curious, friendly, extremely intelligent, entertaining, and can live in towns and cities and woodlands with equal ease. They climb. This means there is a downside, sometimes – they can be destructive and chew through …

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R is for Robin

This beautiful image of a UK robin redbreast was taken by Ross Elliott on Flikr. The robin is my favourite British bird. They are so round and cheerful, with such a wonderfully jaunty carriage as they hop and bounce around the garden. They tilt their heads and look straight at you with their bright, black, …

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Q is for Quoll

This image of a sleeping quoll was taken by Lizardstomp, in Trowunna Wildlife Park, Australia, and is on Flikr. There are several types of quoll, they are Australian marsupials, although only one type has a true pouch – the rest form a fold when breeding to tuck their babies into and their young hang from …

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P is for Platypus!

The platypus, picture above by Klaus on Flikr, is one of the most amazing animals on earth. It is a leftover from the Miocene period… when creatures had not split into reptiles, birds and mammals as entirely as they have today. Consequently it has attributes of all three types of species. It looks very much …

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O is for Ocelot

This beautiful image of an ocelot was taken by Dan Bodenstein on Flikr. Ocelots are found in South America. They have exquisite coats, that can vary in colour and markings, and each is unique. They are solitary, like most cats, and only come together to mate, although sometimes cats of the same sex sleep together …

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N is for Nightingale

This wonderful image of a nightingale singing at night was taken by Derek Thomas on Flikr. The nightingale, although beautiful, is an unremarkable little bird, pale brown in colour. It is seldom seen in the open, it is shy and tends to stay hidden in leafy trees and shrubbery. A member of the thrush family, like …

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M is for Marmoset

A gorgeous pygmy marmoset image, taken by Day Donaldson on Flikr. Some time ago, a couple of years, I wrote a pygmy marmoset poem. I wasn’t that pleased with it, and decided to have another go for this A-Z. Imagine my horror when I tried to Google information about them, and found nearly every link to …

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