Monday, August 17, 2009

White-bearded Manakins

Monday, August 17, 2009

Here, at last, is the white-bearded manakin video I promised to upload last week. I took these clips in late July on the main forest trail at Asa Wright Nature Centre, just past the giant sign that says White-bearded Manakin Lek.

I used a Leica digiscoping set-up to get the shot, and I was amazed at the quality despite the fact that the video was taken inside the forest with only indirect sunlight. The camera movement is all my fault—the result of my ongoing battle for position with my balky tripod.

In the background of the clip you can hear the following: forest cicadas, bearded bellbirds, white-bearded manakins, beardless Jeff Bouton, bearded Kenn Kaufman, Bill of the Birds (mouche/soul patch only), and unidentifiable whispering (probably from other beardless humans).

Tomorrow (or as soon as I can manage it) I will potoo on you.


On August 17, 2009 at 5:55 PM Anonymous said...

Aw, they didn't dance! I got hopeful with the first tentative beard poofing, then again with the wing stretching, but nada. BUMMER!

On August 17, 2009 at 10:18 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Hey, a manakin gettin' all beardy is enough for me. Are they trying to be adorable? Because it's working.

On August 21, 2009 at 1:38 AM Jack said...
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