Friday, July 1, 2011

Long-billedCurlew: video clip of young chick foraging

Note: this short video clip is fairly jerky--in order to reduce disturbance to the curlew family yet obtain reasonable video of the quite small chick (parents reacted to my recording on tripod across the road and getting reasonable video would require setting up on road next to the field which would be far too intrusive) I had to take the video from inside my car requiring hand-holding camcorder using 40X zoom. Nevertheless, in this clip the chick can be seen reasonably well as it goes about foraging in the field, often walking fairly quickly, as far as about 30 feet from a parent (though very clearly under the watchful eyes of both parent birds that would follow it if it wondered too far)--rather amazing since this precocial chick is possibly a week or less in age. SeEtta