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Category Archives: Natural History
In early April 2020, I had an experience that will forever change my view of painted turtles. While watching spring peepers calling for mates, a painted turtle swam under a peeper, caught it, and swallowed it in less than 90 seconds! The turtle wasn’t the only predator hunting spring peepers that night. I also watched a predaceous diving beetle and a bullfrog hunting and eating spring peepers. Several videos here show how these predators caught and ate the spring peepers. Other videos show how spring peepers that escaped the predators. Continue reading
This trail camera video shows a Gray Catbird hunting dragonflies at dawn over two successive mornings. Continue reading
Here a male Red Winged Blackbird rushes around to keep a youngster fed, while the kid maintains a constant peeping reminder that it needs food. Continue reading
A video shows a snapping turtle surprising a northern water snake when the turtle crawls onto a log. Continue reading