Early this morning, I was hanging up some rugs to dry on the clothesline and noticed our landlord’s kitten in amongst the plants near the parking lot. The kitten is very young and tiny (perhaps nine inches long), but his moves were programmed by genetics and it looked like he was on a great hunt in the Serengeti desert.
After I hung the wash I went in and got my camera to see if I could photograph the kitten in action.
The little kitten wove in and out underneath the bushes and clearly had his sights set on some big game!
I watched as he crouched down and quickly sprang in a leap after a little bug which had not scurried or flown away quickly enough.
In amongst all of the activity a leaf-like katydid fluttered from its’ hiding spot in the bushes to the top of a stick I had propped up in a corner by our planting table.
This insect is about three and a half inches long, but would have been all but impossible to see on a leafy plant.
He stayed still long enough for me to get these close up photos before returning to the safe camouflage of the bushes.
So the great hunt ended with the katydid safely hidden away in the foliage and our little kitten content to play with some beetle!
Life is good in Ecuador.