So far, we have been posting spiderhunters taking nectar from various flowers. Nothing about the bird taking a spider.
Now, Ender has produced two images of the Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna), photographed in February 2008, in the act of picking a spider from its web. This is a classic study of a spiderhunter’s hunting a spider. After all, the bird is so-named because of its reputation in catching spiders – or is it?
R Subaraj, our bird specialist says: “The spiderhunters, I believe, were named following observations of them raiding spider webs. I believe all along that this was to collect the webbing for their nests rather than to catch spiders and that they are primarily nectarivores. It is good if these images actually prove that they also go for spiders!”
Images by Ender.
This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.