Texas Wild: Longear Sunfish

These longear sunfish were filmed in Alum Creek in Bastrop County.  In this video you can see many beds (their nests) which are made by males and the males tend and guard the beds from would-be egg predators.  In some of the video you can see a female enter the nest of a more-colorful male and initiate courtship.  Look also at males in the background making beds by use of their tails.  You can see the clouds of sediment this clears from the beds.  These beautiful fish can be found through much of the state in ponds, streams and lakes and feed on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and small fish.  The video was captured on a GoPro 3.

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