Alan's BirdCam Blog
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
I love these pretty red birds- and I am so glad that they are a regular part of the scenery around here- and in Fayetteville. This video is dedicated to Bryan Harding- serving in the Army in Kuwait. He emailed me and told me that watching my videos was like a short trip home to Georgia. Made my day. Enjoy Bryan. Click the picture to see the video.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
These critters are all over my feeder all the time. I have finally learned to live with them - sort of.
On this video the Nuthatches are the stars- Right after the squirrel segment at the beginning, there is a pair of them for just a moment with their tail feathers flaired out, chattering to each other. They are so cute. There are also quite a few Tufted Titmice, a couple Wrens and a Cardinal.
Click the squirrel on the nose to see the video.
You can watch Full Screen
This is a (my first) Keynote presentation with text and screenshots on how to view my blog videos in full screen instead of the small size presented here in the blog. The blog is also a podcast- that's the ticket for seeing the videos large. If you are interested, follow these instructions- If you have questions, email me or leave comments here on the blog. Thanks for your interest.
As always, click the picture to see the video.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Female Downy Feeding Juvenile
This little episode really got my attention last summer. Recorded June 15, 2005, a female brought her baby to the suet and fed it right there for me to see. I could watch this one over and over again- and I do. Click the picture to see the video.
Technical note: I have been having a little trouble with Quicktime and FinalCut as of late. They quit wanting to export normally. So this video was exported from DV to h264 in iMovie. I would love to know if anyone is having any trouble seeing it. It did not have a (.mov) extension on it after iMovie got thru exporting it- I added it to the file name. If you can't open it, download it and remove the (.mov) extension.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Sharp Shinned Hawk on the deck
I came home from work one day and saw this hawk on my deck- He stayed for about half an hour- A squirrel comes up to check him out. There was another hawk up in the trees watching what was going on- I think he was a juvenile with mom or dad keeping lookout. They brought him to my feeder to show him where he could get a bite of dove or grackle. They eat other birds- not squirrels. Click the pic to see the video.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Cardinals, Chickadee, and a couple Titmice
This was recorded last year at around this time. It was much colder last year and the birds were all over my feeder everyday. The cardinals were lovely and the little birds were very animated and vocal. It was a good day on the feeder!
This video is h.264 codec. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing it.
Click the picture to see the video.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Male and female House Finches
Here is another h264 video- I hope you are able to view it! I could use some comments here people.
House Finches- a male and a female- a mating pair I think as this was taped at the beginning of the season last year. I do not see them too very often- just a couple times a year so I am all "ears and eyes" when they come around. I think they are very pretty.
Click the picture to see the video
This is Titmouse Tape. Nothing but 2.5 minutes of Tufted Titmouse.
I have been editing these movies in FinalCut and then exporting them as mp4 and for a while that was OK. This time I wanted to try something different because the mp4s have artifacts and my videos look all cloudy and kind of fuzzy in that format. This time I exported it as a .mov file. That's a proprietary quicktime format made of apple's new codec, h.264. If you can view the video, it will be a lot nicer than the mp4 format that I have been using. To view it you will need QuickTime 7. That's the new version that came out last spring. There are links to the windows version amd the mac version on the right hand side of this page.
I hope this works- If it does not, email me and I will go back to mp4.
Click the picture to see the movie