Green Heron, On The Hunt

I’ve often spotted a Green Heron in this patch of reeds; a walking path winds along the edge of a pond providing an interesting, if dark, view of their hunting behavior.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

These herons don’t have any problem snagging a snack from this duckweed covered water.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what’s lurking around below the surface.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Here’s a wider view of this Green Heron’s hunting territory. Beyond these reeds the water opens up into a pond.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Over Time

I first saw this Black and Yellow Garden Spider on August 16th. I actually noticed the zig-zag stabilimentum first.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, August 16

His web was hanging out over a pond, suspended between some shrubs and grass.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, August 16

I passed the same spot about 45 minutes after the first image; it had clouded over changing the look of the water but the spider hadn’t moved.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, August 16

On September 6th the spider in the same spot, and this time with a dragonfly for lunch.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, September 6

The last time I visited this location, September 13, the spider was still there. His web was showing some signs of wear, and he had something wrapped up in a sack.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, September 13