American birds in Cook pine trees


This video from the USA says about itself:

Cook Pine Trees Makes Great Bird Perches

22 August 2016

Birds love to perch at the very top of a tall Cook Pine Tree next to the Backyard. It provides a unique perch vantage as the fast growing tree is one of the tallest around. The new growth pattern at the top of the tree always forms a perfect perch. A favorite hangout of hawks it is also used by almost every other backyard bird at some point. Thanks to Melvin Wei for pointing out that these are Cook Pines and not Norfolk Island Pines as I had thought. The biggest clue is their “rocket shape” compared to the less dense and floppy looking Norfolk Pines. These trees are sold as small ornamentals, but when planted in the yard in a semi-tropical climate like Florida can grow to huge sizes.

Araucaria columnaris, the Coral reef araucaria, Cook pine, New Caledonia pine, Cook araucaria, or columnar araucaria, is a unique species of conifer in the Araucariaceae family. It is endemic to New Caledonia in the southwestern Pacific, where it was first classified by botanists of Captain James Cook’s second voyage of exploration. It is a distinctive narrowly conical tree to 60 metres (200 ft) tall. The female cone is 10–15 cm. long by 7–11 cm. wide.

Raccoons in the USA, videos


This video from the USA says about itself:

19 August 2016

Raccoons never give up on a caper! Smart, cunning, determined and strong – watch this young raccoon open a box full of food on a deck with a five-pound quartz and granite rock on top of it! Notice also how the physiology of this small raccoon allows it to do so many more tasks compared to say a cat or dog. It can stand on two legs and lift with its legs and upper body much like a human. Imagine how powerful a large 15 to 20 pound raccoon can be! If you enjoy the silent movie look let me know!

This video from the USA says about itself:

20 August 2016

Cats playing in a box have nothing on these young Raccoons who find the deck box endlessly fascinating. More to come on these two!

Perseid meteor shower in the USA, videos


This video from the USA says about itself:

12 August 2016

The Grand Daddy of all Perseid Meteors 180 degrees horizon to horizon over a brief break in the clouds in the Great Smoky Mountains. Perseid Meteor Shower 2016. This meteor lasted 180 seconds!! Filmed with Canon T5i 18mm f3.5 ISO 800 25 sec exposure with five second delays – six frames began at 503 AM EDT ended 506 AM EDT moving north to south.

This video from the USA says about itself:

12 August 2016

Time lapse of very long-lasting Perseid Meteor over the Great Smoky Mountains during a very brief window when there were no clouds. This meteor lasted for six frames from horizon to horizon – that is between 150 and 180 seconds long!

Filmed with Canon T5i 18mm f3.5 ISO800 25 sec exposure began 503 AM EDT ended 506 AM EDT moving north to south.

Perseids on Dutch Texel island: here.

Red-bellied woodpeckers in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Red Bellied Woodpeckers Really Have Red Bellies!

8 August 2016

The Red Bellied Woodpecker is one of the most poorly-named birds for such a strikingly beautiful and relatively common backyard woodpecker. Oddly one rarely if ever sees their namesake “red belly” with the naked eye. Even Mr. Audubon‘s painting of a red belly in his famous book does not really show the red belly.

It can be seen as in this video with extreme close-up and slow motion. The red belly is really just a little rose-colored blush of feathers way down low on the belly as you can see in this video. Perhaps the names for bright red head and ladder back were taken, but what about “zebra-backed” or white-breasted woodpecker. I vote for zebra-backed!

American northern flickers feeding nestlings


This video from the USA says about itself:

Northern Flicker Parents Feeding Nestlings

7 August 2016

Mother and Father Flicker caught in a rare moment together before back to taking turns feeding the babies in the Screech Owl nest box.