2024 Highlights? (Rarest animals or person favorite observations)

Found this little dude while on a walk. I think he’s a Green Striped Grasshopper with a mutation called erythrism, which pretty much means he has alot of red pigment in him, making him pink!


Definitely this white tipped sicklebill I saw in Costa Rica, or the pale-billed woodpecker or eyelash viper. Also, this spider is never going to get an ID on here but it was super interesting, probably my rarest observation so far this year.


Red-bellied woodpeckers are one of my favourite birds and I still haven’t seen one. I just think it’s funny how they go like :V when they’re being aggressive with another bird


I didn’t know that boulders could have hair and moustaches. There are some on a certain beach in France.


Some kind of stalked puffball in a sand prairie: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/201331658


Not extremely rare for my area, but I saw my first Spotted Salamander of the year last night! I usually only see their eggs or larvae, so seeing an adult is a real treat.


I’m really proud of this Red Bellied Woodpecker in flight photo. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/201156981

Not really rare, but this is the first time I was able to photograph a Wood Duck. They are so skittish I can never get close enough. I got lucky when a small group landed near where I was standing. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/200465161


Beautiful shots!

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I think this is my favorite so far
This vulnerable butterfly from one of the most polluted region in Jakarta. I’m very surprised that this species could thrive there.


Though the winter up where I am has barely any insects or plants, I have been spending a lot of the time birding again. I saw this Great Horned Owl, these Harlequin Ducks, my second flock of Brants. I saw my third Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a more uncommon woodpecker, and my favorite picture of the very common Northern Flicker.

^ Great Horned Owl

^ Harlequin Ducks

^ Brants

^ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

^ Northern Flicker


That’s awesome. I saw this species when I was in Panama on the way up to Altos del Maria.

It’s so incredibly odd to me for them to be discussed as rare. I see at least 5 day when I’m not even looking for them.

I wish you luck on your search!

Best part of the year so far has to be that I finally saw a mottled duck!!!
This observation isn’t my first of one but It’s my better photos I got of a separate individual also this year https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/196942078


Nice! Whats the species in the background? (or should I say frontground lol)

If I remember correctly it was a Mallard x Mottled hybrid, He was hanging around with a couple other hybrids plus the mottled lol


Haven’t had much chance to observe, bit of a health blip, but these are probably my two favourite finds to date this year.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/196017265 This beautiful and tiny wasp.

And this Cape Porcelain weevil. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/200802717

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They’re pretty rare in eastern Canada, and they don’t exist on the west coast at all. I probably did see them when I lived in North Carolina, I just wasn’t into birds back then

I’d go with this probably purpletop vervain (Verbena incompta) - it’s not RG but I’m certain of the ID. Growing in an old wall, it’s an extremely rare alien in the UK - it’s the 3rd iNat observation of it here.

Is it a garden escape, being sold as a spiked form of the very popular V. bonariensis? Is it a seed contaminant, some accidental introduction? Who knows - but somehow it ended up on a wall here!

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I have three highlights so far this years. A very white common raven so very rare. A North American River Otter only have three observations and this one not great but easy to ID and lastly a beautifully shot Canada Jay.