Predator and prey

 

 

USA 2000-01
This double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in Everglades National Park, Florida, has just caught a fish, grabbing it with its strong beak, which is equipped with a hook. This species, which is divided into five subspecies, is very common in North America, from the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea south to northern Mexico, across the continent to eastern Canada, and south to the Bahamas. The specific name auritus means ‘eared’ in Latin, which, like the common name double-crested, refers to its twin nuptial crests during the breeding season. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990
Illuminated by the setting sun, this leopard in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, is eating his cousin, a cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) – a very rare incident, since cheetahs are able to run much faster than leopards. Either this particular cheetah was wounded, or the leopard surprised it by jumping on it from a tree. – Read more about the leopard on this website, see Animals: Leopard – the spotted killer. For more pictures of leopards, see Gallery: Animals – Cats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010
Khmer relief on the ruins of Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia, depicting a giant fish, which is swallowing a goat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
A blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) (left) and an olive baboon (Papio anubis), feeding on swarming termites, which are leaving their mound, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. – More pictures of monkeys may be seen on this website, see Gallery: Animals – Monkeys and apes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Malaysia 1984-85 
This cave cricket (Rhaphidophora oophaga), living in a limestone cave in Niah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, is feeding on a dead bat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Dogs, feeding on a dead donkey, near Raqqa, Syria. – Read about dogs on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993 
This Rüppell’s vulture (Gyps rueppelli) is feeding on the carcass of a white-bearded wildebeest calf (Connochaetes mearnsi), which was probably killed by lions. – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2
An Argiope spider with its prey, a bush-cricket. – Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99 
A male ladybird spider of the species Eresus sandaliatus, surrounded by remains of its prey (beetle wings), central Jutland, Denmark. The name ‘ladybird spider’ refers to several species of this genus, named after the male, which has a red body with black spots – just like a ladybird. The female is uniformly black. E. sandaliatus is found in northern Europe, from Denmark and southern Sweden, south to the Czech Republic, northern Italy, and northern France. A small population is also found in England, but in 1993, it was estimated that only about 50 individuals were left, mainly due to destruction of its preferred habitat, moors. In 2000, however, over 600 were counted, probably owing to the efforts of various NGO’s. (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eresus_sandaliatus). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1989
African hunting dogs (Lycaon pictus), gorging themselves on a Thomson’s gazelle (Eudorcas nasalis), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. – Read about hunting dogs on this website, see Animals: Hunting dogs – nomads of the savanna. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Afrika 1980-81
The African fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, always found near water. The upper picture shows an eagle, which has just caught a fish in Lake Malawi. In the lower picture, an eagle attacks a marabou stork (Leptoptilos cruminifer), as the stork attempts to steal its food, consisting of the remains of a goat, which was hung up in a tree to lure leopards to the place, Samburu National Park, Kenya. – Incidentally, this eagle is the national bird of no less than three countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Sudan. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1991a
This digger wasp has sedated a grasshopper by injecting poison into its body. Now the wasp is bringing its victim to its nesting hole, where it will lay eggs on its body. When the wasp larvae hatch, they feed on the grasshopper, which by then will still be alive. – Tumlingtar, Arun Valley, E Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1985-86
Nordindien 1985-86
The Indian rock python (Python molurus) is distributed in the entire Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka – one of eleven species of this genus of large constricting snakes, found in tropical regions of Asia and Africa. In the upper picture, a rock python is basking in the sun outside its den in Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India – probably a former residence of a family of Indian porcupines (Hystrix indica), which may have been deserted – or the python chased them away. As can be seen from the lower picture, showing an info sign in Keoladeo, the rock python is a formidable predator. – In Ancient Greek mythology, Python was a huge dragon or serpent, guarding the temple at Delphi, which by the Ancient Greeks was regarded as the centre of the Earth. In his book Fabulae, Roman author Gaius Julius Hyginus (c. 64 B.C. – 17 A.D.) states that Zeus had made love to the goddess Leto. When she was about to give birth to Apollo and Artemis, goddess Hera got jealous, sending Python to pursue Leto, making her unable to deliver, wherever the sun was shining. When Apollo grew up, he wanted to avenge his mother, travelling to Mount Parnassos, where the monster dwelled. He chased it to Delphi, where he killed it with his arrows. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Østafrika 1994-95
African white-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) and Rüppell’s vultures (Gyps rueppelli), gathered around a pregnant plains zebra (Equus quagga ssp. boehmi), which has just been struck and killed by lightning. – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Østafrika 1994-95 
Even if they did not participate in the hunt, stronger male lions (Panthera leo) often chase away lionesses and cubs from a prey, which is not large enough to feed the entire pride. – This lone, ageing male is feeding on the carcass of a plains zebra (Equus quagga ssp. boehmi), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. – More pictures of lions may be seen on this website, see Gallery: Animals – Cats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
Cannibalism: A hungry dog, eating from a dead pup, Shigatse, Tibet. – Read about dogs on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 2008 
Water bugs, eating from a drowned dragonfly, Mysore, Karnataka, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993
This large male leopard (Panthera pardus) is panting heavily, satiated after feeding on a white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes mearnsi), which he has dragged up into a sausage tree (Kigelia africana), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. – Read more about the leopard on this website, see Animals: Leopard – the spotted killer. For more pictures of leopards, see Gallery: Animals – Cats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydafrika 2003 
White-chinned petrels (Procellaria aequinoctialis), feeding on a dead fish, south of Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The pale bird to the left is a Cape petrel (Daption capense). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2009
A female golden orb-weaver (Nephila pilipes), sitting in its huge web, in which hang many remains of its prey. – Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2010 
A large Taiwan toad (Bufo bankorensis), swallowing a one-foot-long earth worm, Malabang National Forest, Hsinshu, Taiwan. Note the poison gland behind the eye. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993
The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is a formidable predator, which is able to bring down large animals like zebras and wildebeest. This one in the Orangi River, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, is tearing apart its prey, a white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes mearnsi). The Nile crocodile is widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and in historic times it was also found all along the Nile River (hence its name), north to the Nile Delta. Today, however it is restricted to the southernmost parts of Egypt, around Lake Nasser. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2
The black vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a widespread and common scavenger, found from south-eastern United States, south to Chile and Uruguay. Although it mainly eats carrion and garbage, it is also able to kill smaller animals, notably newly hatched sea turtles, making their way towards the sea. In this picture, two black vultures are feeding on a raccoon (Procyon lotor), which was killed by a car near Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1988
Ghost crabs, feeding on a dead cat on a beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990
A young lion (Panthera leo), feeding on a white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes mearnsi), Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. – More pictures of lions may be seen on this website, see Gallery: Animals – Cats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tyrkiet 2006
This western yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) has killed a domestic pigeon and is now eating it on a roof top. It shows a threatening attitude towards an intruding hooded crow (Corvus cornix), which is very interested in the kill. – Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993
A Rüppell’s vulture (Gyps rueppelli), feeding on the remains of a white-bearded wildebeest calf (Connochaetes mearnsi), defends its meal against an intruding lappet-faced vulture (Aegypius tracheliotus). – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1993
This cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is feeding on an impala (Aepyceros melampus), while its satiated companion is resting in the shrubs, panting, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. – More pictures of cheetahs may be seen on this website, see Gallery: Animals – Cats. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded September 2016)

 

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