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American Birds (Shotlog)

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Click here to download video!American Birds 1 (00:11:27) (American Birds)

  • Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
  • Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
  • Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
  • Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
  • Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
  • Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
  • Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
  • Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
  • Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
  • Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
  • Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
  • Rock Dove/ Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
  • Northern Cardinal (male) (Cardinalis cardinalis)
  • Harris’s Sparrow ( Zonotrichia querula)
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
  • Pileated Woodpecker (female) (Dryocophus pileatus)
  • Yellow-shafted Flicker/ Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
  • Belted Kingfisher (female) (Ceryle alcyon)
  • Great Egret (Ardea alba)
  • Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  • Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
  • Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
  • Great Egret (Ardea alba)
  • Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
  • California Quail chicks (Callipepla californica)
  • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
  • California Quail chicks (Callipepla californica)
  • Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchinus)
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
  • American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrohynchos)
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
  • Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
  • Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
  • Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
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Click here to download video!American Birds 2 (00:08:22) (American Birds)

  • Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
  • several American White pelicans (Pelecanus ergthrorhynchos)
  • amid many Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis)
  • several gulls flying silhouetted against sunset
  • many sea birds at the beach
  • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
  • scenic of swampy shore with many flying birds
  • Terns fishing
  • Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous)
  • Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
  • Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) walking
  • many Least Sandpipers
  • flocks of Least Sandpipers flying
  • many Least Sandpipers in the surf
  • Piping Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
  • scenic view of beach with breakers
  • beach full of plovers
  • scenic of red grasses and shore birds
  • flock of shore birds launchinh
  • Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
  • several American Avocet (Recurvirosta americana) fishing
  • American Avocet breeding colors
  • American Avocet with several Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
  • Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
  • many American Avocets and Sandpipers
  • Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
  • American Avocet
  • Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
  • Glossy Ibis close up
  • American Coot (Fullica americana)
  • many American Coot in stream
  • many American Coot close up
  • Common Loon (Gavia immer)
  • Common Loon with chicks
  • Common Loon swimming with chick on back
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Click here to download video!American Birds 3: Plovers and Sandpipers (00:11:27) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USA wildlife refuges
  • Title Slide: American Birds 3 - Plovers and Sandpipers
  • MS Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) grooming and walking on beach at water’s edge
  • MS young woman on beach with binoculars FWS logo visible on shirt
  • Back to Plover on beach – joined by second bird
  • Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrines) on stony surface also grooming
  • MS -Snowy Plover perched on stones grooming then running
  • MS group of several Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) on beach with one Herring Gull: Larus argentatus mixed in
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  • Switch to large group of Plovers which take flight
  • Black-bellied Plover standing on beach
  • Switch to several Black-bellied Plovers
  • American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) grooming in field
  • Several Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) running at water’s edge and feeding
  • MS Pair of Killdeer on stones with grassy background
  • Close-up of Killdeer laying on stones, grassy background
  • Pair of spotted eggs where Killdeer was laying – Killdeer comes into picture and stands over eggs
  • Killdeer and pair of Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) in shallow water grooming
  • Wide angle of several Plovers and Sandpipers on beach
  • Several Semipalmated Sandpipers sleeping on beach
  • Several Sandpipers in water grooming and dipping – some running as water recedes to continue feeding
  • CU Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) at water’s edge feeding
  • Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) close-up on beach walking
  • MS Long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus) in grassy field walking
  • Willet (Tringa semipalmata) walking in shallow water – grassy foreground occasionally dipping
  • Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) walking and dipping in shallow water at edge of beach – joined by second one which appears to be a Lesser    – – – yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) – zoom out to follow both birds then zoom in for close-up then zoom out again
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Click here to download video!American Birds 4: Terns and Gulls (00:05:29) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USA Wildlife Refuges
  • Title Slide: American Birds #4 Gulls and Terns
  • Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) – several on land at edge of water – occasional one flies in and lands then all fly off then close-up of 7 birds    grooming and voicing
  • Panning to follow Forster’s tern (Sterna forsteri) in flight
  • Least tern (Sternula antillarum) flies in to another on pole and feeds it a fish – which then flies off with fish in beak
  • Switch to pair of spotted eggs in twig nest
  • Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri) flies in and sits on eggs
  • Close-up of Tern egg – white with gray and black spots
  • Close-up of 3 tern eggs in twig nest
  • Several Caspian Terns (Hydrprogne caspia) on beach – one with fish in bill – loud squawking
  • Many Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) on jetty (rock) in water, some fly in, some out – loud cawing
  • Five Forster’s Terns (Sterna forsteri) in shallow water preening
  • Several Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) on beach at edge of surf with many Semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla), gulls grooming – Sandpipers feeding in wet sand, surf rolling in
  • Several Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) in shallow water feeding on what appears to be dead fish in water
  • Short shot of American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) in water
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  • Close-up of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) walking in shallow water
  • Close-up of twig nest with one spotted egg and one chick that lifts head
  • Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) and American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) on beach
  • Three Black Skimmers at water’s edge fourth flies past
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 5: Long-legged Wading Birds (00:09:44) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USA wildlife refuges
  • Title Slide: American Birds #5, Long-legged Waders – A
  • MS’s and CU of Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) in zoo, Rail makes clapping sound
  • MS American Bittern: (Botaurus lentiginosus) standing in reeds, good frog audio
  • Alternating close-up and medium shots of American Bittern
  • Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) wading in shallow water
  • Stilt takes flight
  • American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) wading in shallow water – short clip runs only a few seconds, then goes back to Black-necked stilt
  • Several different wading birds – including Sandpipers, Willets and Godwits in surf grooming and feeding
  • Switch to wide angle view
  • Juvenile wading bird on stones
  • Pair of Black-necked Stilts walking at water’s edge joined by third one and several small wading birds with close-up of baby chick
  • Two adult people – FWS logo visible on shirt
  • American Avocet wading and chirping then sailing and grooming
  • Two American Avocets wading and dipping joined by third then several more swimming past from right to left
  • White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) in shallow water and green grass grooming
  • Several dark colored birds in flight (white-faces ibis)
  • Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) in flight – panning to follow
  • Night Heron takes off from marsh – panning to follow in flight
  • Lands in marsh then continues following Night Heron in flight
  • Again lands in marsh – close-up of Heron and two Snowy Egrets (Egreta thula) – third egret appears
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 6: Long-legged Wading Birds: (00:07:51) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USA wildlife refuges
  • Title Slide: American Birds #6 Long-legged Waders B
  • Pair of Great Egrets (Ardea alba) and several snowy egrets (Egretta thula) feeding in shallows
  • Several water birds including Snowy Egrets, Cormorants (Double-crested) (Phalacrocorax auritus) diving and emerging, several Greater    yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
  • Snowy Egret in flight – panning to follow
  • Three Snowy Egrets in shallows
  • Zoom in for close-up – fishing
  • Close-up of Great Blue Egret (Ardea alba) in shallows – wading and fishing
  • Great Blue heron (Ardea herodias) silhouetted
  • Great BlueHeron flying low over surf and landing (Great Blue)
  • Great Blue joined by 2nd Blue Heron, fight ensues
  • Close-up of head of Great Blue Heron – zoom out to Heron in tree and marsh fishing
  • Many Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in flight – silhouetted – some landing in marsh among Canada geese, cranes silhouetted in flight
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 7: Upland birds (00:09:49) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USA wildlife refuges
  • Title Slide: American Birds #7 Upland Birds
  • Sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) lekking behavior, good audio, Various WS’s, MS’s and CU’s, males fighting
  • Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) displaying on lek, CU displaying males, MS Male with two females, MS males wing battle, CU female    feeding, Males Wing battle #2
  • Spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) in boreal forest displaying, Male flies up to tree limb in slo-mo, Male on mossy ground, male displaying,     female in tree feeding, Male in tree, male displays in tree
  • Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) – bird turns to show close-up of face – zoom out for full bird view – turns to show back side and walks    off, Male displays on log, CU head w/ sac, MS displaying on log
  • Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) Two males fighting, one flies off.
  • Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) 4 males displaying and 2 jakes (young males) joined by several more walking in grassy field, all finally walk    off. Refocus on several males displaying tail feathers, zoom in on two male and one jake then 1 male with “beard” feeding
  • Several Hungarian Partridges running in field – zoom in on single bird walking in tall dried up grass
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 8: Raptors (Birds of Prey) (00:10:28) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USA wildlife refuges
  • Title Slide: American Birds #8, Raptors
  • Close-up view of face of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Close-up of face of red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
  • View of red-tailed hawk in tree eating something
  • Panning to follow path Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) in flight – shadow of bird clearly visible on ground
  • Different angle of view of path Golden Eagle – panning to follow in flight path
  • path Golden Eagle Flight path over grassy field
  • path Golden Eagle Flight path over rust colored grass
  • Panning to follow flight path of Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) – several shots
  • Two Bald Eagle chicks (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in nest
  • Immature bald eagle chases adult in flight, Slo-mo footage
  • Adult Bald Eagle flying Slo-mo
  • Two immature Bald Eagles on limb as ducks fly by slo-mo
  • Immature Eagle arrives on limb, slo-mo
  • Two immature Bald Eagles fly and fight slo-mo
  • Immature Bald Eagle soaring in blue sky
  • Adult Bald Eagle in nest
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in tree, takes off
  • Osprey flying
  • Osprey chicks in nest
  • Various adult and chick osprey shots
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 9: Perching Birds (00:09:31) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: Bird footage from across USFWS Refuge system
  • Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) perched on branch, then flies off, then is seen on tree branch and again flies off
  • Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) perched on bare tree branch, flies off
  • Indigo Bunting on branch
  • Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) perched on branch
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Slate Race) (Junco hyemalis) on ground
  • Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) on branch over stream
  • Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) – perched on thin branch
  • Bobolink (Doliclonyx oryzivorus) perched on horizontal wire – flies off
  • Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) – fishing in swamp from low branches
  • Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) flittering from branch to branch
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) perched on branch, then on wood, then flies away
  • Grasshopper sparrow ( Ammodramaus savannarum) on post
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
  • Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
  • Yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) perched in weeds
  • Grasshopper sparrow ( Ammodramaus savannarum) perched in weeds Juvenile yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) in reeds
  • Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) perched on sign, zoom in for close-up
  • Sedge wren (Cistothorus platensis) perched in nest on tall weeds. Zoom in for close-up
  • Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) perched on wire
  • Yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) perched on grass
  • Sedge wren perched on stem of grass
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 10: Perching Birds (00:08:14) (American Birds)

  • Large fall flock of Common grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) periodically landing taking off from meadow
  • Several Red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) perched on branches of bush, some take flight others land, zoom in for close-up
  • Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) perched atop cornstalk – then takes off
  • Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) perched on yellow wild flower
  • Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) perched on gray branch
  • Common yellow throat (Geothlypis trichas) perched on weed, flies away
  • Great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitis) on tree branch
  • Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on bare branch
  • Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) perched on large bare branch
  • Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) perched on green weed
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) upside down on tree trunk
  • Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii) feeding young in nest
  • Dark-eyed Junco(Junco hyemalis) on branch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) on tree trunk
  • Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii) feeding young in nest
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
  • Cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrronota) in clay nest
  • Large flock of swallows
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) perched on branch and at nest
  • Tree full of Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
  • Zoom in on European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) for close-up in tree grooming
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) on tree trunk pecking hole
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 11: Sage Grouse (00:11:59) (American Birds)

Date: 2015
  • WS Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) displaying on lek
  • WS displaying males
  • MS/CU Two males fighting (wing battle)
  • CU Male displaying, tilt up body from feet
  • CU male’s head
  • MS two female grouse feeding
  • MCU one female feeding
  • MS lone male displaying
  • CU Male’s head
  • Zoom-out to MCU male displaying
  • MS Two males face off
  • WS lek in sun with several birds
  • MS Male gets chased and takes flight
  • CU male’s head in sunlight, tilts
  • CU tailfeathers of male
  • Tilt-up from males fight
  • MS two males
  • MS female courted by male
  • Zoom out to female surrounded by males
  • WS female in middle of lek
  • CU Male’s head, backlit as he displays
  • WS backlit male displays, courts female
  • WS male watches female walk off
  • EWS lone male grouse displays with sage habitat in background
  • MS (dark) two males face off
  • MS two males court two females
  • MS females surrounded by several males displaying
  • EWS lek with many birds in morning light
  • MCU male with two females
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 12: Sharp-tailed Grouse (00:09:15) (American Birds)

Date: April 13, 2015
Location: Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana
Description: Sharp-tailed grouse footage on prairie
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchas phasianellus) - This whole tape consists of male sharp-tailed grouse doing courtship dances on their spring leks on the Montana prairie. Occasional females (mottled brown-colored) can be seen among the males. Several males fight in “battles” for territory on the lek.
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 13: Lesser Prairie Chicken 1 (00:06:00) (American Birds)

Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Roswell and Milnesand, New Mexico

  • Lesser Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchas pallidicinctus), Part A - This whole tape consists of male Lesser Prairie Chickens performing courtship dances on their spring leks on the New Mexico prairie. All footage is Slo-mo, with no audio.
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 14: Lesser Prairie Chicken 2 (00:11:40) (American Birds)

Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Roswell and Milnesand, New Mexico
  • Lesser Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchas pallidicinctus), Part B - This whole tape consists of male Lesser Prairie Chickens performing courtship dances on their spring leks on the New Mexico prairie. Several shots are of the prairie habitat, without birds.
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 15: Lesser Prairie Chicken 3 (00:10:50) (American Birds)

Date: May 29, 2015

  • Lesser Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchas pallidicinctus) - This whole tape consists of male Lesser Prairie Chickens performing courtship dances on their spring leks on the New Mexico prairie. Several shots are of the prairie habitat, without birds.
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 16: Boreal Birds 1 (00:10:00) (American Birds)

Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Vermont

  • Spruce grouse (Falcinpennis canadensis) male on ground, in-tree, in tree displaying, female in tree, feeding in evergreen
  • Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
  • Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
  • Northern Parula (Parula americana)
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis), single, then pair in tree
  • Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla), male singing in tree
  • Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla), female at nest, then with fecal sac
  • Redwing Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus), subdominant males in tree
  • Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica), WS feeding in tree
  • Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) male, singing on branch
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 17: Boreal Birds 2 (00:08:45) (American Birds)

Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Vermont
Description: Various Boreal Birds
  • Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) male in-tree, flies out, female at hole
  • Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
  • Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
  • Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludoviciamus)
  • Mourning Warbler (Oporornis Philadelphia)
  • Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla)
  • Cedar Waxwing (Bombycillia cedrorum)
  • American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
  • Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)
  • Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludoviciamus)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) male, then female
  • Northern Parula (Parula americana)
  • Flycatcher on limb
  • Mourning Warbler (Oporornis Philadelphia)
  • Flycatchers on limb
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica), in tree
  • Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis)
  • Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla)
  • American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
  • Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) male, singing on branch
  • Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 18: Roseate Tern and Shorebirds (00:12:20) (American Birds)

Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge, Mass., and Ram Island, Mass., and Cape Cod National Seashore, Mass.
Description: Various shorebirds and Roseate Terns

  • American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliates)
  • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) chick
  • Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) on rock
  • Common Terns (Sterna hirundo)
  • Two Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) chicks
  • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) on nest
  • Group of Roseate and Common Terns at water’s edge
  • Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) on rocks
  • Two Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii) on rocks
  • Roseate Tern on rocks (Sterna dougallii) (6 shots)
  • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) pair at nest
  • Tern colony with many birds flying
  • Slo-mo of Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) flying
  • Many terns on beach (WS, MS)
  • Many terns on beach (EWS, CU)
  • Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) on shore feeding
  • Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) on beach
  • Tire tracks on beach
  • Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) on beach
  • Sanderlings (Calidris alba) on beach
  • Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) on beach
  • Numerous shorebirds on beach
  • Terns flying and landing at water’s edge
  • Roseate Terns take off (Sterna dougallii)
  • Roseate Terns preening on beach (Sterna dougallii)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull immature on beach (Larus fuscus)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull adult on beach (Larus fuscus)
  • Roseate Terns on beach, including immatures andtake off (Sterna dougallii)
  • Roseate Terns on beach, including immatures andtake off (Sterna dougallii)
  • Roseate Terns on beach at water’s edge (Sterna dougallii)
  • Roseate Terns on beach, two adults (Sterna dougallii)
  • Least tern (Sterna antillarum) on beach among seaweed
  • Roseate Terns on beach (Sterna dougallii)
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 19: Hummingbirds (00:08:21) (American Birds)

Date: March 7, 2016
Description: Black-chinned Hummingbird; Rufous Hummingbird, Calliape Hummingbird, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Oncorhynchus aguabonitaTitle slide
  • MS-Black-chinned Hummingbird (male) on limb (Archilochus alexandri)
  • MS - Male Rufous Hummingbird on limb (Selasphorus rufus)
  • MS-“ “ back view
  • MS-“ “ flights with other male
  • MCU-Male Black-chinned Hummingbird on limb (juvenile)
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  • MCU- Male Rufous Hummingbird on limb.
  • WS-Many Hummingbirds at feeder
  • MS-Female Black-chinned Hummingbird on limb
  • CU-Male Rufous Hummingbird on limb (adult)
  • CU-Male Calliape Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope)
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  • WS-Male Calliape and female Black-chinned Hummingbird in tree
  • WS-Several shots of Hummingbirds perching and fighting
  • CU-Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on branch
  • CU-Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on feeder
  • CU- “ “
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 20: Bill Types & Feeding Behavior (00:08:30) (American Birds)

Date: May/2012
Description: Bird Biology Course segments
  • Bird Biology Course Bill types and feeding behaviors
  • Bill types: probing, snipe
  • Common Snipe: Gallinago gallinago in shallow water probing
  • Several others appear, also probing for food.
  • Bill types: Spatulate Bills Northern Shoveler
  • Several Northern Shovelers: Anas clypeata in water
  • Close-up of Shoveler, good color in shallow water (standing)
  • Switch to many in water at edge, tall grass background
  • Close-up of one shoveling with head in water
  • Several Shovelers in water
  • Bill types: Raptors/Hooked Osprey
  • Osprey: Pandion haliaetus perched on driftwood with fish in talons tearing pieces and eating
  • Nest with three Osprey nestlings, parent flies in
  • Close-up of parent Osprey tearing pieces and feeding juvenile
  • Bill types: small Warblers
  • Close-up of face of Canada Warbler: Cardellina canadensis
  • Yellow Warbler: Setophaga petechia in tree
  • Yellow Warbler perched on branch in tree, no leaves, blue sky background
  • Yellow-rumped “myrtle” Warbler: Setophaga coronata perched in tree – blue sky background
  • Common Yellow-throat: Geothylpis trichas perched in tree (bare branch) – pale blue background
  • Bill types: Heavy/conical, Finches and Sparrows
  • Dark-eyed Juncos (slate race) slate colored: Junco hyemalis on lightly snow covered ground
  • Harris Sparrow: Zonotrichia querula on partially covered snow – ground
  • Northern Cardinal (male): Cardinalis cardinalis perched on tree trunk eating, zoom in for close-up of face.
  • Bill types: chisel-like: Woodpeckers
  • Downy Woodpecker: Picoides pubescens perched on branch pecking
  • Zoom in for close-up of Downy Woodpecker
  • Osprey in nest on pole – below nest of Pileated Woodpecker: Dryocopus pileatus pecking on pole, zoom in for close-up, chips fly
  • Northern Flicker: Colaptes auratus on branch pecking, good close-up of face
  • Bill types: tube-like: Hummingbirds
  • Rufous hummingbird: Selasphorus rufus (male) perched in branch
  • Wide shot various hummingbirds at feeder
  • Male Calliope hummingbird: Selasphorus calliope on branch
  • Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Archilochus colubris drinking at feeder
  • Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Archilochus colubris drinking at feeder
  • Juvenile black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri on branch
  • Bill types: spear-like: Herons
  • Great Blue Heron: Ardea herodias – perched in tree at nest, two nestlings can be seen in nest
  • Large Silhouetted heron wading at water’s edge spears small fish, duck also silhouetted swims past
  • Green Heron: Butorides virescens perched on branch above water
  • Head of Great Blue Heron, White Morph with small turtle in beak (bill?) flips it around, dips it in water and swallows it
  • Bill types: Small/insect-catching: Swallows
  • Barn Swallow: Hirundo rustica perched on concrete wall
  • Scenic water way in foreground mountains in background, small strip of brush covered land on right many Swallows darting across and around
  • Scenic: green grass foreground with pond, blue sky background, several Barn Swallows darting about
  • Barn Swallow perched on edge of sign, blurred green background
  • Scenic – grassy foreground, brush and road on left, blue sky, several Barn Swallows dashing aboutScenic: waterway through tall grass and reeds; swallows darting across scene
  • Bill types: Small and spear-like , Terns
  • Common Tern: Sterna hirundo perched on moss covered boulders
  • Scenic: Waterway separated by strip of land-reeds and grass in foreground-blue sky background
  • Several Terns darting about, same plunging into water for small fish
  • Close-up of blurred image of common tern plunging into water-big splash-surfaces-sans fish-flies off on right.
  • Another tern dives-big splash-surfaces and flies away
  • Back to scenic
  • Bill types: Skimmer-type; Black skimmer
  • Close-up of three Black Skimmers; Rynchops niger-perched at edge of water, third flies in
  • Sandy beach with several Black Skimmers; some juvenile; Rynchops niger-some walking around - Some standing, some flying past
  • Two Black Skimmers flying low above water-occasionally dropping down and skimming-panning right to follow
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 21: Breeding & Habitat Loss (00:10:10) (American Birds)

Date: May/2012
Description: Bird Biology Course segments

  • Bird Biology Course. Breeding, territorial behaviors
  • Laysan Albatross courtship dance Midway Island
  • Two Laysan Albatrosses
  • Continue Laysan Albatrosses: Phoebastria immutabillis doing courtship dance fade to sign
  • Clark’s Grebe Rushing behavior Bear River Refuge Utah
  • Scenic: sunset over water with good color spectral light
  • Two Clark’s Grebe: Aechmophorus clarkii rise from water and break into rushing
  • Fall in to water
  • Two Grebes facing each other and rise from water into rushing behavior
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Liking Behavior Charles M. Russell NWR Montana
  • Several Sharp-tailed Grouse: Tympanuchus phasianellus on ground in display. Occasional zoom in for close-up of head and rear-end
  • Sage Grouse :Lekking Behavior Charles M. Russell NWR, Montana many pairs of Greater Sage-grouse: Centrocercus urophasianus on ground several in display, zoom in on head and breast
  • Several female and one male Sage-grouse, male exhibiting display close-up of female then two males then zoom out to several Grouse
  • Wild Turkey Displaying/Strutting DeSoto NWR Iowa Nebraska
  • Several Wild turkey toms: Meleagris gallopavo displaying, 2 females in foreground
  • Two Toms side by side – one female cross in front
  • Six males displaying and strutting
  • Bald Eagle, Territorial Fights - DeSoto NWR, Iowa/Nebraska
  • Almost leafless tree (Cottonwood) with nest on left, blue sky background
  • Bald Eagle: Haliaeetus leucocephalus flying and threatening other eagle in tree
  • “threat” continued, two take flight
  • Bald Eagle perched in tree – second eagle comes into view lands next to one in tree
  • Bald Eagle perched in tree, takes off and chases other eagle perched in tree
  • Killdeer Mating/Nesting Squaw Creek NWR Missouri
  • Pair of Killdeer: Charadrius vociferous on grass covered ground
  • Switch to one Killdeer walking at water’s edge joins second one and mounts her
  • Switch to close-up of Killdeer lying on ground
  • Blue-winged Teal Mating Squaw Creek NWR Missouri
  • Several Blue-winged Teal: Anas discors in water several try to mount then they fly off
  • Colonial Nesters Cormorants, gulls, murres in Togiak NWR Alaska
  • . View of side of mountain stony, several birds can be seen at edge one flying in
  • Switch to several Murres: Uria aalge in nests of crevices in rock
  • Large Arctic Tern: Sterna paradisaea comes flying past
  • Double-crested Cormorant comes flying past
  • Switch to craggy side of mountain with several birds (Gulls?) perched on edge, one flies in
    Several Murres perched on ledge of mountain
  • Close-up of group of Common Murres: Uria aalge on the ledge, zoom out to show ledge with the Murres.
  • Colonial Nesters Cliff Swallows Bear River Refuge Utah
  • Rest rooms with swallows going past
  • Several Cliff Swallows: Petrochelidon pyrrhonota flying around shed, some landing in eaves
  • Switch to front of eave with several Swallow nests, occasionally one flies in
  • Close-up of nests, two fly-bys
  • Back to side of shed and several Swallows flying around, some landing, some taking off
  • Habitat Loss
  • Scenic: Ocean shore line with breakers-sandy beach pan right several people on beach-cloudy day
  • Segue to Scenic: Glacier with green trees foreground
  • Glacial ice dripping
  • Close-up of dripping
  • Glacier meets waterway-large piece breaks off
  • Scenic: waterway, brush -3 houses, background tall trees side of mountain
  • Segue to aerial view of large development with lakes, ponds-connecting waterways
  • Segue to aerial view of golf course with lots of houses-segue to further development
  • Shore line with many tall buildings
  • Ariel view of large development
  • Boardwalk with many people shot in “time lapse”
  • Farm machines-large combine cutting corn and pouring into truck
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 22: Habitats and Species / Habitat Restoration (00:10:34) (American Birds)

Date: May/2012
Description: Bird Biology Course segments
  • Bird Biology Course-Habitats and Species
  • Habitats and Species-Wetlands-Bear River Refuge Utah
  • Scenic: Waterway-green grass foreground-mountain background
  • Segue to brush with tall green grass background-several Tree Swallows: Tachycineta bicolor perched in brush
  • Segue to scenic-several layers of grasses foreground is waterway-several tree swallows flying around
  • Segue to Scenic: tall grass in foreground-mountains in background pan right
  • Bald Eagle: Haliaeetus leucocephalus soaring-pan to follow flight path
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird; Xanthocephalus xanthoccphalus perched on branch of brush
  • Great Egret: Ardea alba in flight-pan right to follow
  • Scene to three Snowy Egrets: Egretta thula in shallow water feeding
  • Two American Avocet: Recurvirostra americana wading in shallow water and spearing
  • Scenic shallow pond-gray sky low mountains-several shore birds
  • Segue to several American Avocets in winter plumage-some with head in water
  • Scenic: brush and grass in foreground same rust colored-mountain with sliver of gray sky background-many (flock) of shore birds-pan to follow
  • Shallow waterway-green grass and brush background-several shore birds-including American White Pelican; Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, gulls, ducks
  • Scenic: Foreground of shallow waterway-background high mountains few water birds
  • Habitats and Species Grasslands Squaw Creek NWR Missouri
  • Scenic: Sunset orange sky-foreground silhouetted tall grass foreground-slow pan right
  • Tall brush silhouetted against orange/red sky
  • Dickcissel: Spiza americana perched on branch
  • Close-up of Differential Grasshopper: Melanoplus differentialis on vertical green stalk
  • Dickcissel on stem/leaf
  • Tall grass-pan up to show background of tall trees and blue sky
  • Three Dickcissels on brush stems
  • Lark Sparrow: Chondestes grammacus perched on woody stump
  • Sedge Wren: Cistothorus platensis perched in tall grass vocalizing
    Habitats and Species Pine Forest Red Cockaded Woodpecker
  • Scenic-Dense forest-tall trees-green ground cover pan left
  • Red –Cockaded woodpecker: Picoides borealis perched on bark of pine tree
  • Habitats and Species Beach Piping Plover
  • Scenic –sandy beach with slat fence and green brush Blue sky with white (small) cloud
  • Sandy beach with white broken shells. Piping Plover: Charadrius melodus standing on beach
  • Switch to close-up of the plover
  • Switch back to beach-plover enters scene from left
  • Four spotted tan eggs in sand
  • Scenic: beach-sandy at water’s edge with breakers-pale blue sky-pan right to show several people playing in sand
  • Habitats and species Prairie - Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Scenic-pale amber grass in foreground-small trees-low mountains-blue sky
  • Three sharp-tailed grouse: Tympanuchus phasianellus moving around on ground
  • Close-up of grouse
  • Back to three grouse running around
  • Close-up of grouse stamping feet and spreading wings and flaring tail and walking around, and hooting
  • Several grouse on ground two more fly in from right
  • Habitats and Species Woodlands - Wild Turkey
  • Three wild turkey toms in display and walking in grass
  • Several female wild turkeys: Meleagris gallopavo walking in grass foraging-a deer partially enters from left
  • Female turkey-partially hidden enters from left
  • Wild turkey tom in display enters from right
  • Hunter dressed in camo-hiding behind fallen tree-turkeys walking in grass
  • Segue to three turkeys silhouetted in tree with orange sky-one flies off

Habitat Restoration – Prescribed fire

  • Scenic: blue sky-dense trees –rust colored ground with foreground dark from burn off – fire enters from right see smoke and burned area increasing –Firefighter present on leading edge of burn-second ranger enters from left-the third one enters-burn continues with lots of gray/while smoke
  • Several more firefighters enter scene
  • Seque to blackened (burned) area on ground-smoldering on top lots of smoke, trees and blue sky background
  • Three wild turkey females strolling across open ground
  • Tom turkey enters scene from right and strolls across field
  • Habitat Restoration – Pelican Island Restoration (Shell-dumping)
  • Helicopter taking off vertically green grass foreground trailer truck on right also helmeted firefighter on right
  • Large container with tow line being filled from large pile of shells by backhoe-container lifted off ground by copter-taken to bay and dropped
  • Bay with tufts of grass growing in patches several people seen planting.
  • Habitat Restoration Prairie Potholes
  • Aerial view with aircraft entering from left-aircraft shadow on ground-pan right to follow-single fix
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 23: Coloration and Diversity (00:10:42) (American Birds)

Date: May 2012
Description: Habitat Restoration & Coloration Segments for Bird Biology Course
  • Bird Biology Course
  • Coloration Coloration Red-winged Blackbird Displaying
  • Red –winged blackbird: (Agelaius phoeniceus) perched on bare stick over green grass spreading wings and vocalizing
  • Blackbird perched on branch with following label: “Red-winged blackbird subdominant male” eventually flies off
    Coloration- Sharped-tailed Grouse displaying
  • Sharp-tailed grouse: (Tympanuchus phasianellus) on ground-wings spread –tail raised-stamping on ground-hooting (displaying)
  • Close up head shot of Grouse
  • Female Sharp-tailed Grouse with label on bottom: “Sharp-tailed Grouse Female”
  • Coloration- American Redstart
  • American Redstart: (Setophaga ruticilla) being held in hands and having wing spread-close-up of head
  • Coloration: Eastern Bluebirds (Male vs Female)
  • Close-up Eastern Bluebird (male); (Sialia sialis) perched on branch vocalizing
  • Eastern bluebird (female) close-up perched on branch
  • Eastern Bluebird perched on branch-second one flies in then flies off another one seen on right then both take flight
  • Coloration: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Female vs. Male)
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird (male) (Archilochus colubris) on limb
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird (male) at feeder
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird (female) at feeder
  • Coloration-Wood Ducks (Female vs. Male)
  • Three wood ducks (close-up fills frame) 1 male and 1 female and 1 juvenile-in water; (Aix sponsa)
  • Coloration- Mallard Ducks (Female vs. Male)
  • Mallards: (Anas platyrhynchos) close up in water female-swims off right then male enters from left and swims off right
  • Coloration: Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) (Female vs. Male)
  • Cinnamon teal close-up (male and female) in water with grass grooming and feeding-female swims off scene on right
  • Coloration: Cryptic Coloration (Camo)
  • Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata) close up
  • Rutous-sided towhee: (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) perched in tree somewhat behind small branches vocalizing
  • Marsh Wren: (Cistothorus palustris) close-up-perched among marshes
  • Killdeer: (Charadrius vociferous) close-up sitting on ground
  • Lesser Yellowlegs: (Tringa flaripes) walking in marsh occasionally dipping
  • Coloration: Colorful Birds
  • Northern Cardinal (male)perched on branch; (Cardinalis cardinalis) vocalizing
  • Yellow headed Balckbird: (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) perched on vertical shaft of sedge-takes flight right
  • Great Blue heron: (Ardea Herodia)s-close up begins on body-pans upward to head
  • Redhead (duck) (Aythya Americana) in water-grass reflection in water
  • Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) perched on barbed wire vocalizing
  • American Avocet: (Recurvirostra americana) swimming occasionally dipping
  • Close-up of Ruddy Duck: (Oxyura jamaicensis) in water swimming
  • Common Yellowthroat (Geothylpis trichas) perched on vertical branch-blue sky background
  • American Goldfinch: (Carduelis tristis) perched in tree feeding on rust-colored fruit
  • Glossy Ibis: (Plegadis falcinellus) standing in grassy marsh grooming
  • Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) standing in water preening
  • Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) –standing on branch just above water drying wings spread out-then close up of head
  • Painted bunting (Passerina ciris) perched on (close up) branch feeding
  • Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) perched on stump pecking wood
  • Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) standing in water
  • Common Loon (Gavia immer) in water swimming
  • Title: Overview video-Bird Diversity
  • Scenic: late sunset with sun setting over trees in background – spectral lighting on water in foreground
  • Pair of Clark’s grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) rustling, eventually duck down beneath the water
  • Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) perched on barbed wire warbling
  • Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) head shot (close-up) on water
  • Group of water birds including Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), White pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), White ibis (Eudocinus albus) – all on water – some flying in, some out
  • Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (head shot) perched among lilac colored flowers
  • Common loon (Gavia immer) in water with chick on back
  • Mountain side with many flying birds
  • Great egret (Ardea alba) taking flight
  • Tree with green foliage and many Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) – some perched, some hovering, some landing, some taking flight
  • Dickcissel (Spiza Americana) perched on green leafy plant
  • Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) flying in from right and landing on bare stem over water
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) perched
  • END

Click here to download video!American Birds 24: Migration (00:05:34) (American Birds)

Date: May/2012
Description: Bird Biology Course segments
  • Bird Biology Course, Migration
  • Migration; Spring Shore birds ; Squaw Creek NWR, Missouri
  • Scenic: Waterway with strips of land-many small birds flitting about
  • Segueing into shallow water and several silhouetted, sandpipers standing in water and probing beneath surface for food-suddenly fly off
  • Scenic: water foreground-grassy background-large flock of shorebirds
  • Large flock of small shore birds flying near water surface-pan to follow as they fly higher
  • Several small shore birds wading-including Wilson’s Phalarope; (Phalaropus tricolor), Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), and American Avocet (Recurvirostra Americana)
  • American Avocet close up at first with head in water then pulls head up for good view of entire bird-continues brushing bottom for food
  • Segue to Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) in water, rears up and opens wings
  • Migration: Spring Woodland Birds, DeSoto NWR, Iowa, Nebraska
  • Northern Oriole (“Baltimore”) (Icterus galbula) close up of head and breast perched in redbud blooms
  • Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) perched on branch, zoom in slightly
  • Yellow Warbler on branch, pan to follow bird flitting from branch to branch
  • Many tree Swallows (Tachcineta bicolor) flying around tree some landing others perched still others taking flight
  • Tree Swallows close-up perched on branch cleaning self
  • Many Tree Swallows perched on bare branches of tree; suddenly all take flight leaving bare branches
  • American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) perched in tree and eating berries
  • Orchard Oriole (Icterus Spurius) perched in tree-blue sky background
  • Migration: Fall Waterfowl
  • Three Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) with heads tucked under wing in snow
  • Several Canada Geese in flight (Slo-motion) -pan right to follow
  • Wide shot of scenic waterway with rust colored grass in foreground-dark cloudy sky and many many snow geese flocksflying in both directions
  • Canada geese , many take flight-some remain on gound in small pond
  • Several flocks of waterfowl flying in different directons-water and rust colored grass in foreground, blue sky with white and gray cloud in background
  • Several Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) in shallow water with weeds
  • Same geese-different (late afternoon) lighting
  • Same as abobr but close-up
  • Large snow geese flocks-some landing, some taking flight, some in waterhttps://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/rachel-carson-and-her-sisters/9780813576213
  • Five snow geese in “V” formation
  • Many snow geese in “V” formation moon can be seen in pink sky
  • Many snow geese flying past right to left in pink sky
  • Thousands of shore birds-orange sky of sunset-back lit
  • Wide angle view of trees silhouetted against sky panning left to right with large flocks of snow geese
    Many ducks-shot head-on against blue sky-wispy white clouds
  • Scenic: Water way foreground with several Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos) in water-backgrouond of partially snow covered bank and driftwood
  • Several Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albitrons) in flight-some gliding past some flapping wings.-Some getting ready to land
  • Pair of American Black Ducks fishing through ice (Anas rubripes)
  • Pair (Male and female) Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) swimming-snowfall at about 30 degree angle
  • Several Mergansers-background of partially snow covered bank and driftwood
  • Several species of ducks in water-including Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Canvasback (Aytha valisineria)
  • Close-up of Northern Pintail in water-some weeds-good reflection
  • Large outcrop of rust colored weeds in waterway with several different ducks including Northern Shoveler
  • Many shore birds flying and among them is a Bald Eagle (Hatiaeetus leucocephalus )
  • END

Click here to download video!American Waterfowl 1 (00:04:25) (American Birds)

  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
  • shore birds
  • Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
  • Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons)
  • Canada Goose (Brantar canadensis)
  • Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
  • Brant (Branta bernicla)
  • Bufflehead (Branta albeola)
  • Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
  • American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
  • Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
  • ducks
  • Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
  • Gadwall (Anas strepera)
  • ducks
  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
  • Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
  • Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
  • Coot (Fulica americana)
  • Blue Winged Teal (Anas discors)
  • Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)
  • Green Winged Teal (Anas crecca)
  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
  • END

Click here to download video!American Waterfowl 2 (00:10:50) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
  • WS,MS Wood ducks (Aix sponsa) in brushy cove – good audio
  • CU Wood duck pairs – male courting behavior – good audio
  • WS Wood ducks fly out of cove
  • WS Grassy marsh with mountains in background, flocks of ducks take offs and landings
  • Pan Flock of Green-wing Teal (Anas crecca) flies over marsh and lands
  • WS Big flocks of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and Pintails (Anas acuta) flying and lighting in marsh
  • CU,ZI Gadwall (Anas strepera) or Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) eggs in nest
  • WS Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) aerobatics
  • MS Canada Geese landing in marsh – good audio
  • CU Pair of Canada Geese flying and landing
  • MS two adult Trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator) and Cygnets in pond – Spring
  • MS Two adult Trumpeter swans swimming
  • CU Clark’s Grebe(Aechmophorus clarkii) in water
  • MS Two Western Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) swimming past other Grebes
  • MS Sunset shot of Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) rushing – courtship behavior
  • MCU Second shot of Clark’s Grebes(Aechmophorus clarkii) rushing – courtship behavior
  • CU Eared Grebe (Podiceps negricollis) in water
  • CU Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) in water
  • MS,WS American Coot (Fulica americana) on nest – good audio
  • Tilt-up Reflection of coot on nest
  • CU,WS baby Coots in water swimming – good audio
  • MS American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) standing in water
  • MS Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) on rock
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Click here to download video!American Waterfowl 3 (00:09:20) (American Birds)

Date: 2013
Location: USFWS Wildlife Refuges across the USA
  • CU Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) – male – preening
  • MS Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)(male and female) in water among reeds
  • MS Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) standing at water’s edge (male) preening
  • MS Cinnamon Teal pair in shallow water
  • WS Cinnamon Teal pair courtship display in water, males fight
  • MS Blue-winged Teal pair at water’s edge, late evening light
  • CU Blue-winged Teal male feeding in water
  • Blue-winged Teal on mud flats
  • MS,CU Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) male in shallow water
  • MS Redhead (Aythya Americana ) male in water w/green cattails
  • MS,CU Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male courtship displaying
  • MS Group of Mallards(Anas platyrhynchos) in water feeding
  • WS Flocks of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) taking off from marsh
  • MS,WS Pintails(Anas acuta) and Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) loafing in wetland
  • WS Flocks take off from wetland
  • CU Pintail (Anas acuta) pair swimming in wetland
  • CU Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) , male takes a bath, female follows
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Click here to download video!American Waterfowl 4: Swans (00:10:27) (American Birds)

Date: 09/2015
Location: National Bison Range, Montana
  • Trumpeter Swan: Cygnus buccinators banded around neck-in shallow water grooming
  • Close-up of juvenile 1st summer in water-flapping wings and grooming moves left to banded adult swan-both continue grooming
  • Adult swan and juvenile in water-both grooming
  • Close-up of large adult trumpeter swan in water grooming
  • Four trumpeter swans –two are juvenile in shallow water with lots of plant material
  • One adult trumpeter swan and one juvenile in water grooming adult swan is banded around lower neck
  • Close-up of juvenile trumpeter swan standing in shallow water and grooming
  • Close-up of band, K62
  • Zoom out of banded swan
  • Four swans-2 juvenile in water grooming
  • Close-up adult trumpeter swan in water-joined by other swan-both are grooming
  • Both swans-flapping wings walking on water
  • Close-up of swan splashing in water and grooming
  • Four trumpeter swans-two of which are juvenile, mostly gray color
  • Close-up of trumpeter swan-joined by other swan-both are grooming
  • Joined by two other swans-all four flap wings and appear to be walking on water
  • Close up of trumpeter swan with K62 band on neck visible-swan splashing, grooming and honking
  • Joined by two juvenile swans are all splashing and grooming
  • Close-up of face of trumpeter swan grooming and splashing
  • Juvenile trumpeter appears and is grooming
  • Trumpeter swan with neck band K62-grooming-flapping wings
    Joined by juvenile-both grooming
  • Zoom in on banded trumpeter and pan to follow
  • Banded trumpeter grooming-flapping wings-pan to follow as it swims past juvenile to shore and steps out of water onto muddy shore with grass and brush background-continues grooming
  • Three swans on shore-grass and brush background
  • END

Click here to download video!Shorebirds (00:01:13) (American Birds)

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