Tag Archives: Feeding

Arachnid Cafe

A very large spider web stretched across this opening looking out onto a rice field pond.

Looking into rice field pond, spider web across opening
Looking into rice field pond, spider web across opening (18-200 mm lens, taken at 40 mm)

A couple of what I think are Black and Yellow Garden Spiders can be seen, along with several dragonflies that met their end in the web.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider Web In Web With Catch
Black and Yellow Garden Spider Web In Web With Catch (100-400 mm lens, taken at 100 mm)

There’s more detail of the catch if you want to zoom in on the spider wrapping his prey.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider With Catch
Black and Yellow Garden Spider With Catch (100-400 mm lens, taken at 200 mm)

Further along the dike another large spider had set up shop. I took the photo because I liked the leaf. When I processed the image I was amazed at the number of little items that had been snagged.

Spider with leaf in web
Spider with leaf in web

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills, 3

More from Sunday… These birds were too far away to get clear images of their action and the water was dark, but they were fun to watch.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The Wood Stork in the middle with his wings out was trying to take a bath.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The water really wasn’t deep enough, but he kept splashing it around, along with some mud.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

A few Roseate Spoonbills were busy feeding around the Wood Storks.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The tide was coming in and their window of opportunity to feed is narrow, based on the depth of the water.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

Pileated Woodpecker, Learning to Forage

There were two Pileated Woodpeckers in a Live Oak tree above my head, picking through the Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern. The vegetation looks lovely in the tree, but sure limits photography of birds.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I never saw what they were eating but it appeared to be berries or nuts, and no pecking was going on.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

It is likely this was an adult teaching a juvenile as a few times the younger looking one was just watching then got fed.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

One came out into the open just before they flew off.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

July 23, 2021

Nine-banded Armadillo, Closer Up

As I passed the  Armadillo Pair I was able to get a few closer images of just one.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

They spent most of their time rooting through the leaves and pine needles, searching out insects to eat.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Eventually, he meandered off into the woods leaving me with an interesting view of his segmented tail.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 23, 2021

Armadillo Pair

Usually when I see an Armadillo it is partially hidden by heavy brush or making a fast exit. This was one of the few times I’ve seen Armadillos out in the open and the first time I’ve seen a pair together.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

They were just off a wooded walking path, very intent with their snouts to the ground.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

As I walked towards them they didn’t give any indication they heard me.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

They just kept rooting around in the pine needles as I passed by.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 23, 2021

Green Grasshopper, Eating the Best Part

I could have seen this coming, if I had known how tasty a closed hibiscus bud could be to a grasshopper.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

I turned away for a few minutes after taking the photos in my post Green Grasshopper, Foreshadowing, with him on a leaf.  and when my attention returned to him he had moved.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

And found lunch.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

The closed bud was pretty dense and he was working hard to gnaw the top off.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud