Bird Bath

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HendoNT
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Bird Bath

http://youtu.be/omPmW3bF6ME

Ok, heres the link, go direct!

A video i took with a Gopro set up at the bird bath in my backyard, Palmerston NT. In particular wanted to capture the Red Headed Honey Eaters coming down for a drink.

Annie W
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Oh bother, I can't load the vid Hendo, keeps saying "An error occurred, please try again later".  Might be my end.  Would you mind posting the link, I would love to see this. smiley

NW Tasmania

Reflex
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Mmmn! it's not working for me either,all I get is ,"An error occurred, please try again later". But I'm not 100% convinced that two people that regularly use thingamys and whatchamacallits are the most reliable recipients.

Samford Valley Qld.

HendoNT
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Sorry guys, not sure why, i'll delete and try again.....

Rick N
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Still get the error message. Oops, didn't check the date & time smiley

dwatsonbb
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Need to cut and paste the link from the address bar of the YouTube page, should work then.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

HendoNT
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I have inserted the URL, copy and paste, a small picture of the video shows on the uploaded part of the screen, ????

Not sure what the problem is, plays ok on Utube, .....http://youtu.be/omPmW3bF6ME

Ok, so follow that link! thats all i can do atm!

dwatsonbb
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The link works fine, just opens up the YouTube page, which for me isn't a problem.

Nice variety of birds, if you look closely, you can actually see the Red Headed HE tongue. Not sure what it is, but the pigeon looks like it is checking out the camera.

Thanks for posting

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Rick N
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Great video, love the finches. Thanks

HendoNT
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Bar Shouldered Dove, our common native backyard bird!

dwatsonbb wrote:

The link works fine, just opens up the YouTube page, which for me isn't a problem.

Nice variety of birds, if you look closely, you can actually see the Red Headed HE tongue. Not sure what it is, but the pigeon looks like it is checking out the camera.

Thanks for posting

Annie W
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That link did the job Hendo.  I'd be rapt with any of those showing up in my garden (naturally their Tas equivalent I mean laugh).

Interesting to see the different ways different birds drink, the Honeyeaters having to tip fluid back even with their long tongues, but the finches and Dove being able to immerse their beak and drink.  I hadn't taken much notice of that difference with birds previously, until I saw an episode of Wild Aus the other day and it was pointed out for me when the Budgies were having a drink - Brilliant series that if anyone has PayTV, only four episodes and plenty of Aussie birds in there too.

Did you have the GoPro just out in the open Hendo, or a camo cover or something on it?  

NW Tasmania

HendoNT
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Annie, the GoPro was just sitting on a stool, right next to the bird bath, a few of the regulars looked at it askance, but then did what they were there for, to have a drink!, they were not at all fussed by it.

And yes, only a few birds can actually "suck" water, doves and pidgeons and finches being some, maybe an adaptation to get scarce water in times of drought, they can get to the "last of the water" maybe? and also a quicker way to drink, less threat from predators as well? not sure what other birds can do that.

Thanks for looking!

Annie W
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Ok, cool.  Probably was a daft question anyway, an inanimate object and all, I guess I was thinking of the reflection in the lens type thing - I usually look away when I walk past the GoPro display lest I weaken laugh, must have a closer look next time!  I think you're on the money with an adaptation for drought times - not entirely sure about the predator benefits though, the Budgies I saw on Wild Aus were disadvantaged in that instance, as they had their heads down for so long, not looking up as sipping birds do.  A couple out of the thousands in the drinking flock became raptor lunch pretty quickly.  Amazing bit of footage.

NW Tasmania

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