I hope you enjoy these videos showing different aspects of animal behavior. If you have any questions about these videos, or would like to use them, please contact me, Mike Benard, via email: mfbenard (at) gmail com.
Frog tadpoles and salamander larvae face many predators during their aquatic life stage. This video shows Wood Frog Tadpoles and Ambystoma salamander larvae interacting with dragonfly nymphs in a woodland vernal pool. Warning: it contains a graphic view of a dragonfly nymph eating a tadpole.
I spotted these salamanders crawling on trees hunting bugs one rainy night in September 2016. The first video in the playlist shows a redback salamander shooting its tongue at some insects. It happens fast, so at the end of the video I added a slow-motion sequence of the tongue shooting out. The second video shows a red eft also trying to catch insects with its tongue.
This male green frog was sitting in a small woodland vernal pool. As woodfrog tadpoles swam around him, he quickly ducked his head under the water. I suspected he was trying to eat the tadpoles, but I wasn't sure at first if he was able to catch any. Then I spotted the tadpole tail sticking out of his mouth!
I took this video of rain posture in a yellow garden spider in August 2016 during a visit to South Carolina. Through several heavy thunderstorms, this spider would hang from the web by its back legs.
This Sea Otter was swimming around in the surf of Monterey Bay in July 2017. It would backfloat on the surface for a while, munching on its prey, then dive back undewater. It seemed quite content to cruise the waves.
This Killdeer was hunting for food around the Sizzling Basin, found within Yellowstone National Park's Mud Volcano area in July 2017. I also added this Killdeer Observation to iNaturalist. From reading the NPS website, it appears that the bubbling is from various gasses - including hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide - bubbling out of the ground. The water and mud can also get very hot here!
This playlist shows some battered Brood V cicadas near the end of their lives. Despite missing big chunks of their bodies, they are still crawling, flapping wings, and trying to sing.