A partial eclipse may result only in a dimming of the Sun or Moon’s light, as if a cloud had passed over.
A total solar eclipse, however, may bring a dramatic change. Daytime creatures may get ready for night. Turtles, snakes, and alligators sunning themselves slip into the water.
Robins and other birds begin their evening songs, while chickens and turkeys go to roost. Nocturnal animals and insects begin to stir and awake. Daytime-blooming flowers may close while their nocturnal relations start to open.
Half the world, it seems, suddenly begins preparing for the night.