Category Archives: animal behavior

Readers’ wildlife photographs (and videos)

Reader Olen Rambow sent a video demonstrating = convergent evolution: a “hummingbird moth”, one of several species that hovers before flowers like hummingbirds and sucks nectar from them with a large proboscis. This one is probably the white-lined sphinx moth, Hyles lineata. His notes are indented: While visiting Santa Fe, NM, I ran across a moth […]

Local red-tailed hawk catches a rat in Manhattan Park

This video, taken in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of New York City on September 9, 2014, was sent by reader Tom, who notes: “How grand to see these large raptors doing so well seemingly inured to the sirens and other distractions of NYC.”  Indeed. The YouTube notes are these: This is Christo, […]

Otter family kills caiman

I wouldn’t have believed that a family of otters could kill a large caiman, but that’s exactly what these river otters do in this video produced by BBC Earth. It took an hour for the adults to do in the caiman, but they needed to protect their cubs. Sadly, two of the youngsters didn’t survive. […]

The lions drink tonight

This beautiful video of lions drinking in the wild was posted at The Laughing Squid, which includes some background: Wildlife photographer Peter Haygarth staked himself out on the edge of a body of water at the Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa for over 15 hours in order to see what would come his way. The wait was […]

76 merganser chicks in the Big Parade

I’ve been sent this story and photo by many readers, and have delayed putting it up. Could it be I was miffed because this duck outdid Honey? At any rate, the photo of a common merganser hen (Mergus merganser) with a train of 76 ducklings has gone viral. The story and one likely explanation is […]

Squirrels can solve mazes: quickly

Reader Michael: sent this video of a squirrel faced with a maze that has only one way to the nut reward at the end. This is from the BBC television show “The Super Squirrels”, which you can watch here (but only if you’re in the UK).  The observers conclude that at least this squirrel learns […]

“Ballooning” crab spiders spin silk parachutes, and take off after testing the wind with their legs

A new study in PLoS Biology by Moonsung Cho et al. (free pdf here; reference below) uncovers some of the mysteries of how spiders (in this case crab spiders) balloon. “Ballooning” is an amazing form of spider dispersal. The spiders, usually very young ones, climb up on some high spot like a blade of grass […]

True Facts about the anteater

Why is ZeFrank like lox? Because he’s on a roll—pumping out a lot of new videos telling us the TRUTH about nature. Here are some true facts about the anteater. It’s a good one, too!

Crafty crabs cop cans for cribs

I have a sore throat (and probably am getting a cold), so I’m going home to rest. I’ll leave you with this video for today. Don’t worry: ducks will be fed, but the Daily Duck Doings will be postponed till tomorrow. As you probably know, as hermit crabs grow they have to leave their old […]

Birds attacking people

This is a good video of birds going after humans, but they are NOT evil: they’re protective! Note the preponderance of waterfowl among the attackers, including some ducks! My favorite, Ceiling Cat help me, is when the duckling goes for the dog’s penis at 43 seconds in.