Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Thursday April 10, 2014
King and Magnificent Birds of Paradise
Join me in Papua New Guinea, and be dazzled by both the King and Magnificent Birds of Paradise. These are strikingly beautiful birds with an interesting courtship display.
- Dancing birds of paradise - Wild Indonesia - BBC - YouTube
Two of Papua New Guinea's many birds of paradise - the Magificent and the King - put on an show of dancing and hanging upside down in spectacular courtship d...
The Manakin of Latin America
In Latin America, the Manakin is the most remarkable bird available. They love being noticed, yet are so rapid in their movements, high speed videos must capture their speedy behaviors in slow motion. You won’t see this remarkable behavior anywhere else in the world.
- Moonwalking Bird HD - YouTube
The amazing moonwalking manakin bird! From the PBS Nature documentary Deep Jungle - New Frontiers.
Costa Rica's Pale-billed Woodpecker
Costa Rica is home to the rare and elusive Pale-billed Woodpecker. This country is a remarkable locale that hosts many unusual birds, and because of the double-knock box, they can be called in for an audience. Just watch this incredible piece of ornithological history:
- Talking with a Pale-billed Woodpecker - YouTube
Magnificent and elusive, the Campephilus woodpeckers include the Ivory-billed and Imperial woodpeckers, which may be extinct, and the Pale-billed Woodpecker,...
Observe Africa’s Secretary Bird, a remarkable and unusual bird of prey. If you see this bird, it will definitely have an effect upon you, especially if you observe it hunting and making a catch.
- Africa's most unusual bird of prey - YouTube
http://www.earth-touch.com They're one of the animal kingdom's most distinctive birds! With their impressive feathered crest & lethal stomp, secretary birds ...
View this for the sheer fun of it. Most of it is factual, but some of it is rather amusing. Oh, go on. You know that you want to do it.
Every day I consider myself so fortunate to be surrounded by nature. As I write this column, my back door is open, and the sounds of my winged friends fill the air. For me, that is the material that makes my heart jump for joy and causes me to look forward to another day, as I know that new surprises are around the corner. I won’t make you wait for the events of the week any longer, as I know that it also makes your day to learn what nature has been doing around you. Sit back, have a cup of tea, prop your feet up, and take a few moments for a little rest in your busy lives.
There were some special guests at the lake this week, true denizens of Oklahoma. Welcome the Red-breasted Mergansers! These beautiful diving ducks have serrated bills and they eat mostly fish. I’m sure that many of you have seen one of the three varieties on coastal waters, and I consider them a true sight to behold. The females will most likely be noted for their “bad hair days,” but when you’re striking, you know it.
The Blue-winged Teal is still around, and these are one of the dabbling ducks, which will upend when they feed. These are rather small ducks, and the males are known for the white crescent shape and the large blue patch on the wings, which is very apparent while they are in flight.
Another beauty observed this week is the Gadwall, another dabbler. Like the other dabblers, these birds will spring straight up from the water to fly. The females are often confused with female mallards, but the difference is the dark top portion of the bill and the wing pattern.
The Eastern Meadowlark is rarely up in the trees, more often hanging around in grassy fields, but this guy appears to be by himself and is looking for a mate, so he is a little more visible than usual.
The Vesper Sparrow
This is a Vesper Sparrow, one of the more uncommon varieties, and is known for the white outer tail feathers as well as the white ring around the eye. They favor meadows with a few trees and bushes, farm fields and sides of roads.
The Brown Thrasher has returned to the area and is providing competition to the Northern Mockingbird. This one is very shy and has been staying in the tops of trees. With any luck, I’ll get the opportunity to get to know this one a little better, and perhaps he’ll let me get closer to him for some better shots. This is a rather slim and long bird, with a very heavily streaked chest and abdomen.
Beaver Working on His Dam
Last week I showed you the remains of a deceased beaver, so now here is a living one. This guy has a couple of dams going on the Southern Cove, and he was actively working on one when I spotted him. He didn’t mind me in the area, as he was busy working. ‘Busy as a beaver’ certainly rings true in this case.
There are still numerous Northern Cardinals all over the lake, and here is a wonderful specimen of a lovely female. I also found a Blue Jay, but as I was focusing my camera on it, off it went, twice no less. I thought for sure that I would have a picture for you this week, but I just couldn’t do it.
Red-Winged Blackbirds Are Mimics, Too
Red-winged Blackbirds are also mimics, I learned. I was certain that I was going to see an Eastern Meadowlark, but was thwarted by this guy. I even caught him in the act of mimicry. Don’t put anything past them.
There are plenty of Song Sparrows in the area, especially in the mornings. This is a common bird, and they vary greatly in size and color. They are noted for their “sweet, sweet, sweet” vocalizations and a notable buzzing.
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This is all that I have for the week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next time!
© 2014 Deb Hirt