By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to the Nile River in Egypt! As you slosh throughout the river financial institution and puddle-jump the marshy parts, you could pay attention birds calling, frogs peeping and little scurrying sounds from the underbrush. The Nile River is stuffed with existence, from Egyptian vultures snatching ostrich eggs to golden jackals gnawing on a lifeless rabbit. Day and evening within the Nile River delta, the search is directly to locate foodstuff - and to prevent changing into somebody else's subsequent meal. the entire residing issues are hooked up to each other in a foodstuff chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What direction will you're taking to stick to the nutrients chain during the river delta? Will you . . . Swoop during the air with an Egyptian slit-faced bat looking bugs? Stalk for frog dinner via thick reeds with a swamp cat? Scavenge for street kill with a striped hyena? persist with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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He still has a few eggs left when a golden jackal comes sniffing around. The monitor swells up his throat, opens his mouth, and hisses. He lashes his powerful tail at the jackal. The jackal yelps and leaps away. Only a starving animal would want to mess with a Nile monitor. The monitor gulps down the last of the eggs in peace. As the sun sets, he heads back to a towering termite mound. His entrance has been clawed out of the side. He nestles himself in for a long night’s sleep. Last night for dinner, the Nile monitor swallowed .
If he stayed alone in the daytime roost, he’d risk getting caught by a predator. The bats swoop out into the night. The mother bat heads to a favorite nighttime roost in a date palm tree. She grabs onto a twig and hangs upside down. The branch is smaller than your pinky finger, but it can hold the bats. Together, the mother and baby bat weigh less than a few coins. The mother bat listens with her giant ears. When she hears the sounds of a beetle down in the grass, she flaps off with her baby on board.
She lives within a colony (group) of flamingos. Sometimes colonies can have hundreds of thousands of members. This one has just a few hundred. But that’s still a lot of flamingos. Around her, it is pink as far as she can see. The flamingo stretches her long neck toward the water. She sticks her head right in and twists it upside down. Under the water, she sweeps her large bill back and forth along the bottom of the river. With quick tongue movements, she draws water in and out of her bill. Bristles along the edges of her beak strain the water.