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Published on Aug 27, 2014 Fifty years ago, in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, setting 54 areas aside for federal protection. It opened the way for an American wilderness system that has grown to more than 110 million protected acres in which, the act says, “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” More proposed areas await congressional approval, including the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana and the Columbine-Hondo in New Mexico. Read more about the legacy of the Wilderness Act [More]
Male Magnificent Hummingbird giving flash signals with throat and forehead plumage.
Banding Northern Pintails in the Suisun Marsh, Northern California at The Family Duck Club
Mississippi Kite, Iclinia mississippiensis eating a chimney Swift and calling its mate to come in to try to take a share but is rebuffed.
This is one of my favorites—a Black-and-white Warbler flying from perch to perch, singing it’s high-pitched squeakyt song: wee-see-wee-see-wee-see (sounds like a squeaky wheel). This difficult exposure situation, with patchy sunlight and a bird composed of blacks and whites, shows how well my Canon 7D handles high contrast. Even in clips where portions of the bird are in full shade and other portions lit by sun, the results look really good (at least to me). I really do love this fabulous new technology! © 2010 Lang Elliott musicofnature.org
A selection of Hummingbirds and Orioles at the feeder by Jim Morgan’s Son.
Birds nesting in an underground parkade could have been locked in when the parkade was converted to a campus bike centre with doors on the end. The swallows quickly learned how to trigger the motion detectors to open the doors and go in and out whenever they want. Smart birds!
Painted Bunting couple dine together,
Olive-sided Flycatcher singing ” Quick – Three – Beers “
Look at Bronzed Cowbird photos and videos Click link to watch http://birds.audubon.org/birds/bronze…
Searching for the previously found Gray Vireo nest and couldn’t re-find. Speculated it could have blown away in the windstorm earlier that week, but didn’t see it or any remains on the ground.
The Prothonotary Warbler warbler is fairly common in the Eastern United States. It is rare in Canada and only found in extreme southern Ontario. It can be found in deciduous woods along streams and in swamps. The head and underparts are a golden yellow. It has blue-gray wings with no wing bars. It has white undertail coverts along with white patches in the tail. Nesting is in tree cavities. The song is a loud and clear repeated “tweet”.
Filmed with a Casio EXF1 Pro high speed camera at 600 frames per second.
The Clay-colored Sparrow was once fairly common in north central United States and western and central Canada. Now due to intensive agricultural practices it is on the decline. It is found in brushy open areas, prairies, streamside thickets. It has brown streaked upperparts with clear whitish underparts. The head shows a central pale crown stripe and a broad light eyebrow stripe. Also note the brown cheek patch and gray collar and brown rump. Similar winter Chipping Sparrow has a contrasting gray rump. Brewer’s Sparrow has no central crown stripe. The distinctive song is unbird-llike with identical slow low-pitched buzzes.
The Egrets mostly followed the cattle. This I observed during my holidays. In this video you can see two egrets following a calf where ever he went. I think they are near them to eat the insects coming out of the grass when the cattle eat it. I really enjoyed observing how they behaved and waited patiently around the calf. A few captures I missed and they were hilarious. They never left the cattle and seem to be attracted by a magnetic force !! You can also see that they get on well with each otrher. ====================== Cattle Egret – [More]
Broad-winged Hawk eating a fresh kill of a Gray Squirrel. This was filmed on Halloween 10-31-2012 I have tons more footage of this Hawk so please drop a comment if you want more.If you would like to learn more about this hawk here is the link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad-winged_Hawk
This sparrow was recorded in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on April 4th, 2014. The Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis). This passerine bird is generally found in chaparral, sagebrush, arid scrublands, and brushy hillsides, breeding in the Southwestern United States (western Texas to southern California), and migrating in winter to north-central Mexico and Baja California Sur. There is also a non-migratory population in central Mexico. If you are in the southwestern U.S., traversing rough, stony terrain with shrub thickets so dense they are a challenge to walk through, you are in the realm of the Black-chinned Sparrow. This remote, rugged [More]
Varied Thrushes on Johnson Creek.
Rufous Hummingbird ( Male ) – Best viewed at 720p resolution
Flock of Red Crossbills (Type 3) were feeding at eye level, for a change, in Douglas Fir.