Monday, February 8, 2010

Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Preening

Originally posted 9/26/2010 - backdated to organize posts by topic.


Here's another video that David Ascanio recently posted at the Internet Bird Collection.  It's an impressive capture of a female Crimson-crested Woodpecker doing some preening.  Notice how she raises her crest 15 seconds into the video.  Beautiful!  He made this video in El Manteco, Bolívar State, Venezuela. 

Mr. Ascanio is with Ascanio Birding Tours.  Here are two excerpts from his site:

We have  been operating and leading birding tours in Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Guyana since 1986. We arrange tailored birding trips to Rancho Grande, the plains (Llanos), the Andes, the mountains of Paria, Lake Maracaibo basin, Perija mountains, Brownsberg reserve, Iwokrama, the Orinoco Delta and one of the premier endemic bird areas of the continent: the tepuis. We are the experts in Sierra de Lema, Roraima, Gran Sabana, Auyan tepui and many other of these incredible table top mountains.

Ascanio Birding Tours is the only company that seriously ties bird tourism with research and conservation in Venezuela. Based on a board decision, every fiscal year we invest no less than 20% of our profits in research projects and conservation programs with several Venezuelan NGOs, including the Venezuela Audubon, Aves de Venezuela and the Phelps Ornithological museum. In addition, we usually support students participation in professional events such as ecology congresses, field stations and workshops.

Sounds awesome!

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