One of the best parts about doing research in the field is the little unexpected things that you get to see because you are spending time looking at nature so carefully. Today we got a lot of work done. We measured dewlaps in the morning for 20 lizards, paddled out to islands M and K where we caught 76 more lizards, took a break for dinner and then measured, weighed and marked our catch. We did a lot of work, but the things I will remember about today were the little things that happened in between the work.
In the middle of working on the islands, we heard loud snorting and slapping noises. In the estuary, we saw several dolphins swimming in the shallows. Quite a site to see for us, since we all live in the midwest, nowhere near an ocean.
The other fun part of the day occurred as we chased down a large male anole. Aaron spotted the anole in the tree, and it was eating the lunch of a fat spider. Tim then tried to catch the anole with his lizard noose but accidentally caught the spider instead. The seconds later, Dan caught the lizard.
We are looking forward to more of the little things. -Tim and Aaron