Monday, July 23, 2007

Killdeer - Broken-Wing Display

This is one of the most dramatic broken-wing displays I have seen exhibited by a Killdeer.

Click on the image to the right to see a HD QuickTime Video in a 720p format.

This video (and others) are hosted on my space where you can see it also in a Flash format.

I was riding my bike in an industrial area on the outskirts of Boise when a family of Killdeer, including a few chicks ran out in the road. There was grass nearby and I tried to herd them that towards it to prevent the chicks from getting run over by trucks and cars passing by. I had my HDV camcorder available so I captured a little hand held footage of one of the adults displaying the "broken-wing" behavior and a chick running on the road. The chicks were eventually led to the grass where they were quite well hidden and safer unless they run out into the road again. has a good description of Killdeer behavior and the ability of the chicks to start running as soon as their feathers dry after hatching.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

HDVideo - Song Sparrow

Click on the Image to the right to hear and see a Song Sparrow in a High Definition 720p window using the QuickTime player.

The video is being hosted on my space on and you can see both a flash and quicktime version.

I used a telephoto lens attachment and a shotgun mic to capture this bird near the Boise River.

At first I thought this mighe be a White Crowned Sparrow, but I posted a low resolution version on YouTube and someone identified it correctly.