Readers’ wildlife video

Reader Tara Tanaka (Vimeo site here, Flickr site here) has a beautiful new video taken at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Although the park was closed due to The Wall Fiasco, Tara wouldn’t let a little thing like that prevent her filming.

Her notes:

All of this footage was shot in January 2019, except for the Flamingo which was shot two months earlier. The refuge is officially closed due to the government shutdown, but the wildlife appears not to notice and I was fortunate to have opportunities to capture unusually close footage of an Osprey and bobcat. All of this footage was digiscoped except for the last two clips.

Be sure to watch it on full screen with sound on, as there’s a musical accompaniment. Be sure to identify all the animals, and watch for the bird poop and bobcat piss!

35 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Hey RWP fans – off-topic, but I have to mention: pretty sure I saw a pileated woodpecker this morning! I’ll have to check. It was very exciting…

    • Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      Always have a camera! 🙂

      In the UK this weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch. That information is vital for following the frequency & distribution of species. Starlings are for example in serious decline while goldfinches are increasing –
      https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      It appeared to evaluate the sizeable gash it was making in the tree – looking at different angles with a notably articulated head/neck, and I … empathize?… I imagine this is exactly how I would do the same thing. The woodpecker was distinct from the more common downy woodpecker, and had a notably larger and more attractive (uh-oh – I’m getting into deep water here) red crest.

  2. Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Beautiful video. The bobcat’s tail looks like it is imitating a rattlesnake!

    • Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Thank you Lou! Yes, I was wondering the exact purpose(s) of that behavior – it is mesmerizing and could distract potential prey…

      • Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:06 am | Permalink

        Maybe it would also momentarily deter a puma sneaking up from behind? Don’t know if puma ever prey on bobcats, but I suppose they might.

        Or maybe it would provoke mobbing behavior in birds.. maybe it is the bobcat’s equivalent of calling for a pizza with free delivery.

  3. GBJames
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, Tara!

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    The music was a very good choice – illusion of the animals dancing was very good – so, what is the piece?

    also I noticed a pileated woodpecker!

    this is the start of a great day!

    • Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      I’m so glad you like the music. It’s called “Handel Concerto” and I licensed it from Audio Jungle. I was watching “The Four Seasons” – one of my favorite movies – while I was choosing the music for this video, and I think the music in the fall segment influenced my choice. I was having a hard time finding a piece that would suit the delicate Vermilion Flycatcher, the feeding Osprey, and the bobcat.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        Thank you

        I tried to Shazaam this, and it came up with confusing results.

        If this is in fact a genuine concerto by G. F. Handel, I’d love to know the specific one.

        Wikipedia suggests Handel only composed only a handful of them :

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerti_grossi,_Op._6_(Handel)

        … might have to get TWDT on CD!

        • Nicolaas Stempels
          Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:46 am | Permalink

          I think he composed 12 ‘concerti grossi’. Let us say 2 handfuls. I could indeed not find this specific one, Composers like Händel, Bach and Scarlatti were kinda prolific.
          My daughter bought me the complete works of JS Bach a decade ago: 155 cd’s!
          And I once tried – but did not succeed- to trace a Harpsichord sonata by Scarlatti: over 500 of them!

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:53 am | Permalink

          EpicMann’s “Handel’s Concerto” on audiojungle.net is definitely Handel, but it’s computerised with the dynamic range compressed upwards so all parts sound loud. That’s why you’re having trouble recognising it.

          I think it an Allegro section from Concerto Grosso op. 6
          Perhaps this:

          Or this:

          • ThyroidPlanet
            Posted January 25, 2019 at 11:09 am | Permalink

            “dynamic range compressed upwards”

            ahh, that makes sense.

            thanks everyone.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:56 am | Permalink

          Sorry – I posted the same video twice. The second choice is this & I think the most likely one. Rather beautiful:

          • ThyroidPlanet
            Posted January 25, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink

            I apologize for diverting the discussion but playing in an abandoned building is too cool.

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:39 am | Permalink

        Yes, Georg Friedrich Händel, is certainly one of the most accomplished composers of all times.
        This is part of his ‘concerti grossi’ but he wrote so much more, from ‘God Save the King’ to the ‘Halleluiah’ chorale. And I still discover that the music of some songs that I knew as a child were written by him.
        He was born a German (30 year war) who honed his skills in Italy and later became an Englishman, composing for the King (House of Hannover, IIRC).
        In fact he was very much plagiarised, although in those times that was not thought of as bad behaviour, more like a compliment.
        Note that eg. Mozart’s Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy) from his Requiem, is obviously ‘inspired’ by Händel’s ‘And with His Stripes We Are Healed’.
        Again, one of those hauntingly beautiful pieces that rarely fail to move me to tears. .

        • rickflick
          Posted January 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

          I agree on the Mozart. Very moving piece.

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    claws

    • rickflick
      Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      How does he scratch without scratching himself?

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        I heard He lost his job on the pier making balloon animals

        • rickflick
          Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:49 am | Permalink

          😎

      • Posted January 26, 2019 at 8:18 am | Permalink

        It seems that the longer the talons on a bird, the thicker the nictitaing membranes.

        • rickflick
          Posted January 26, 2019 at 9:39 am | Permalink

          Smart move!

  6. rickflick
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Great imagery and the music is well matched.

  7. Merilee
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    🐾🐾

  8. darrelle
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Your videos are always amazing Tara. I’ve never seen footage like that of an Osprey. That Vermilion Flycatcher was too cute.

  9. Posted January 25, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    A complete marvel.
    It is a Strange Small Pleasure to know that you are going to see the projectile pooping of a bird on the internet. Is it going to be the flamingo? The magnificent bald eagle? The anticipation was simple fun!

    • Posted January 26, 2019 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      I do have projectile pooping of an eaglet from the nest, and I have very strange video of the Flamingo pooping, but it looks more like dog poop – probably from all the mud it’s filtering.

  10. Posted January 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    The vermilion flycatcher would be an unusual find in Florida? (Not a US birder so out of my comfort zone)

  11. Andrea Kenner
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! Those birds really caught my cat Mike’s attention!

  12. Andrea Kenner
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! Those birds really caught my cat Mike’s attention!


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