Thursday, February 4, 2010

Campephilus Woodpeckers in Flight - Videos

Originally posted 4/09/2010 - backdated to organized posts by topic.

Video and photo footage of Campephilus woodpeckers in flight is relatively rare, so I'm always interested whenever I come across something new.  This clip by Felipe Cabello, posted here with permission, shows a male Magellanic Woodpecker exploring a bit then flying off near the end of the video.  It was taken in the Nahuelbuta area in Chile.  Look closely, and you will see a lizard scurrying across the lower right side of the tree trunk!  Upon watching the video, I hope you'll agree with the sentiment of it's title, translated here as "Woodpecker, be delighted."

Many readers will recall the video obtained by David Luneau that he obtained at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas, on April 25, 2004.  Is the bird in the video an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a Pileated Woodpecker, or something else?  A quick search on Google will retrieve links to extensive discussion on this video.  Some offer up pileateds in flight examples for comparison.  But none that I am aware of take a good look at videos and photos of the North American ivorybill's Campephilus relatives in flight for comparison, material that may be informative (if not definitive) toward the true identity of the bird in the Luneau video.

As you will see here,  most footage of these birds in flight is exceedingly brief! 

1.  Watch the Luneau video at 1/2 speed and 4x magnification.

2.  One of the best flight videos is BBC's clip of Magellanic Woodpeckers:  Find the BBC's clip here.

4.  A male Ivory-billed Woodpecker leaves its nest hole at the 15:20 mark in this video:  Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

5.  Two Cream-backed Woodpeckers in flight, briefly, at the start of this video:  Cream-backed Woodpeckers in flight

6.  A female Cream-backed Woodpecker alighting on tree at end of video:  Cream-backed Woodpecker alights on tree

7.  Not quite flight, but lots of flapping by a Crimson-crested Woodpecker here:  Crimson-crested Woodpecker and serpent

8.  Red-necked Woodpecker launches off tree snag here:  Red-necked Woodpecker launch

9.  A male Pale-billed Woodpecker takes off very quickly, at the end of this video:  Fly away 

I plan to do a separate post on flight photos.


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