Posts Tagged ‘bird’

Sparrow’s nest

April 8, 2010

Normally I try to come up with a clever little story to explain why I ended up shooting a certain video. I’m not feeling particularly verbose tonight, so I’ll keep it short: I was out cleaning the garage, saw the nest-building action, and took a break to grab the camera. Cheers!

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Animals eating

June 30, 2009

I’ve already established in a previous post that I’m an animal lover.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my office at home when a woodpecker landed on my window screen. I had just bought a new video phone, and was psyched at the chance to use it on the spot. I dropped to the floor and army-crawled to the window. I crept up and got an amazing shot of the bird. Then he moved up past the blinds, so I opened them up. He just stared at me, right at the camera. I was dying with laughter, completely excited that I was going to put this up on my blog. After he flew away I looked down to stop recording. Then I realized that I WASN’T RECORDING! I was so mad, but I got over it.

So last week,  I came across another unique occurrence. A Red-Tailed Hawk was in a tree outside the Herald & Review, and it was helping itself to some baby Robins. The air was filled with frantic chirps of the adult birds that were trying to fend off the Hawk. They were taking passes at him, pecking him as they flew by, but it didn’t phase him enough to make him stop. Now, my sympathetic side felt terrible for the Robins, and I considered passing it up. But then the part of me that was still bitter about missing that woodpecker said, “How often will you be able to film something like this?” So I grabbed the camera and got to work. The nest was on one of the lowest branches on the tree, so I was incredibly close to the action. As it was eating, the Hawk knocked the nest out of the tree. After that happened, it just stared at me, waiting for me to leave so he could jump down and finish his meal. If you are sensitive, and seeing a Hawk eat some babies would make you sad, I would suggest skipping the video, and reading the rest of this post.

Before I shot that Hawk footage, I had set the camera up in front of my turtle’s cage during feeding time. She’s a box turtle, and I love Aqua Teen Hunger Force, so I named her after one of the characters, Boxy Brown. Alida helped me realize how well that name fit. Anyway, if you enjoy cute animals, watch this turtle eat.

So what do you prefer? Nature in the raw, or animals being cute?