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Exotic prey of a buff-throated wood creeper

  
 
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I noticed that this wood creeper crept up a tree at the observation tower I was on in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador. It stopped and pecked on the wood a few times. And it found a well-camouflaged bark mantis when it was halfway covered by foliage. And it moved up a little then it stopped to flip the prey. And it crept up further albeit slower. I was pleading to that bird to get up where there was less or no foliage for me to get a clean shot. And it complied and at a more photogenic spot of the tree, too! A short while later, it was covered again in foliage and then it took off with the prey.

According to Luis, our guide/friend, the bark mantis is quite an exotic species. It is probably rarer than the buff-throated wood creeper. The colors and pattern of the mantis match the bark of the tree extremely well.

The last two images are from a different location at the edge of the Amazon Basin.

Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave any feedback,
Joshua



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#1 - Creeping up a tree

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#2 - Pecking while creeping up the tree

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#3 - Caught an exotic prey!

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#4 - Flipping the prey

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#5 - A little further up the tree

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#6 - Clear view!

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#7 - Slightly closer position

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#8 - At a different location

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#9 - Taking off!

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Jul 30, 2022 at 02:22 PM
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Wow!... This is a really fantastic series.
Thanks for sharing the back story... also, super glad you got a clean shot of the creeper and mantis.
This is a perfect example of the "Red Queen" hypothesis in action.

bruce
(oh... and you got my vote )



Jul 30, 2022 at 02:55 PM
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Terrific sequence Joshua ! Very well done
Gary



Jul 30, 2022 at 03:20 PM
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Top notch, Joshua.

Pius



Jul 30, 2022 at 04:37 PM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Wow!... This is a really fantastic series.
Thanks for sharing the back story... also, super glad you got a clean shot of the creeper and mantis.
This is a perfect example of the "Red Queen" hypothesis in action.

bruce
(oh... and you got my vote )


Thank you very much 2X, Bruce! I am glad you like those images.



sum1sgrampa wrote:
Terrific sequence Joshua ! Very well done
Gary


Thank you so much, Gary!



Pius Sullivan wrote:
Top notch, Joshua.

Pius


Pius, I appreciate your kind words!



Jul 30, 2022 at 04:44 PM
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Stunning work Joshua. These have to be one of a kind, congrats on capturing these moments.


Jul 30, 2022 at 05:10 PM
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A most excellent series!


Jul 30, 2022 at 05:46 PM
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incredible!


Jul 30, 2022 at 05:46 PM
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insanely awesome, Joshua. very unique behavior captured. bravo. voted.


Jul 30, 2022 at 09:20 PM
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excellent set Joshua


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Beautiful set Joshua! We had an awesome time watching these woodcreepers feed on mantises 60 meters above ground level.


Jul 31, 2022 at 07:27 AM
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3, 6 and 9 are my picks from this lovely set

Morris



Jul 31, 2022 at 07:30 AM
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louie champan wrote:
Stunning work Joshua. These have to be one of a kind, congrats on capturing these moments.


Thank you very much, Louie! I got lucky to be able to witness and to photograph that series.



YEG-Photog wrote:
A most excellent series!


Thank you very much, YEG-Photog!



photonoclast wrote:
incredible!


Thank you very much, photonoclast!



Jul 31, 2022 at 08:08 AM
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Terrific shots!
Great images of a rare bird, and the bug is interesting too. Glad it's not part of my diet.
IMO, "Clear View" and the one following are the best of an excellent set.

Dave



Jul 31, 2022 at 09:50 AM
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Isn't Nature fascinating! What a rare treat Joshua, wow these are amazing and that mantis is gnarly looking! Beautiful rich cinnamon brown on that bird and the utmost in camo for the mantis though the Creeper wins out here finding it.

I bet you got your heart rate up with this series!
Karl



Jul 31, 2022 at 12:14 PM
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You lucked out on this one, Joshua! Nicely captured. Voted. Hope Luz caught this too.


Jul 31, 2022 at 12:48 PM
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kdacharya wrote:
insanely awesome, Joshua. very unique behavior captured. bravo. voted.


KD, I always appreciate your kind words and your V!



kmunroe wrote:
excellent set Joshua


Thank you very much, Kenny!



bird.charmer wrote:
Beautiful set Joshua! We had an awesome time watching these woodcreepers feed on mantises 60 meters above ground level.


Thank you very much, Luis! And yes, we did have a great time there.



Aug 01, 2022 at 01:55 PM
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morris wrote:
3, 6 and 9 are my picks from this lovely set

Morris


Thank you very much, Morris!



dclark wrote:
Terrific shots!
Great images of a rare bird, and the bug is interesting too. Glad it's not part of my diet.
IMO, "Clear View" and the one following are the best of an excellent set.

Dave

I am glad you like the images, Dave and thank you for your kind comment!



Karl Witt wrote:
Isn't Nature fascinating! What a rare treat Joshua, wow these are amazing and that mantis is gnarly looking! Beautiful rich cinnamon brown on that bird and the utmost in camo for the mantis though the Creeper wins out here finding it.

I bet you got your heart rate up with this series!
Karl


Yes, it sure is! And, thank you for your kind words, Karl! The camo of that mantis was really great although in this case it was no match to the birdís eyesight from that close.



Aug 03, 2022 at 07:37 AM
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Wow , Joshua what a set !!! The shots with the mantis are amazing and fascinating. You should be extremely happy and pleased with this set.

Birdie



Aug 03, 2022 at 08:25 PM
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bobbytan wrote:
You lucked out on this one, Joshua! Nicely captured. Voted. Hope Luz caught this too.


Thank you very much, Bobby! Better be lucky than good



birdied wrote:
Wow , Joshua what a set !!! The shots with the mantis are amazing and fascinating. You should be extremely happy and pleased with this set.

Birdie


Thank you very much, Birdie! Yes, that I am!



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