Limpkin city

Posted in nature by paulie on November 29, 2010

I went to investigate the large number of Limpkins reported by Ken T at 28.1944,-82.503 and saw not a single bird. Still, there was plenty of evidence of Limpkin activity. My photos show areas strewn with empty snail shells and I could hear Limpkins calling from the woods on both sides of SR54. There are a series of ponds here that are drying out, revealing fish and snails to a large number of wading birds including two kinds of inland Sandpiper, seen in the embedded video. I evaluate the tiny birds as Least Sandpipers and the single tall bird as a Stilt Sandpiper. Please comment if you can recognize the bird. I was disappointed to see only the pink egg masses of the exotic Apple Snail.

Local Sandhill Cranes have raised two colts!

Posted in nature by paulie on August 27, 2010

Baby Sandhill Cranes are called colts, in case you did not know it.  This pair of cranes is generally found in the area between the Holiday Rec Center and Gulf Trace Elementary.  Often I link my friends directly to my films where they reside on youtube but in this case the ‘related videos’ were dominated by references to hunting of Sandhill Cranes and even Whooping Cranes.  Here I can supress ‘related videos’.  To browse films that are mine with a minimum of relating go to my youtube channel page:  http://www.youtube.com/user/yourboypaulie

Frog chorus at the Heron’s water hole

Posted in florida garden, nature by paulie on July 2, 2010

After months of gradually drying up the heron’s waterhole filled in a few minutes with the first good rain of summer.  The fact that it dries out so badly is hard on the fish but is what makes this a good frog pond and here and there you can see them busily amplexing on the surface.  One of the calls you hear is the Bufo Marinus, whose trill is nearly indistinguishable fron the Screech Owl’s.  The rule is if the call is coming from the ground it’s the toad.  If it’s from a tree it’s the owl.  Bufo Marinus, the Marine Toad is non-native, grows as big as a dinner plate, and secretes poison.

What kind of bird is this?

Posted in florida garden, nature by paulie on June 27, 2010

Actually, I know.  But I won’t spoil your fun.

Dear BP: this is my beach

Posted in nature, worldweary by paulie on June 25, 2010

Dear BP and your friends in Washington (please forward to Sarah Palin and Republican Congressman Joe Barton).  This is my favorite beach (link to video).  It’s close to my house and I come here every few days to walk and to see what I can see.  I usually have my small video camera with me and I done a lot of shooting there.  I have a library of films of the species you might see, however inconspicuous.  I have already posted some of my films to youtube.

You might think you’re over the hump with this oil spill but my anger is only just rising as the oil comes closer to me.  If I can control myself I will translate my anger into action.  I was thinking of re-shooting all of the same places and species once they are covered with oil.

Actually, I have three youtubes.  And I have a wordpress, a digg, a technorati, a twitter, a buzz, a friendfeed, a facebook and a myspace.  Yes, that is a lot of places to post but don’t worry it’s no trouble.  They intersyndicate automatically.

I heard you had goons keeping people off the beach in Louisiana and Alabama. That wont work with me.  I am a goon.

Posting vacation video on Youtube (Samsung HMX-H100)

Posted in social network by paulie on February 12, 2010

Here’s the problem: during my vacation I shot a ton of videos that I want to post on my youtube. But there will be so much material under a new subject it will completely shift the character of my ‘channel’ away from the themes and tags I’ve established. After some thought I decided to open a second account. Why not? It’s free and there’s no rule against it (that I’m aware of). Here’s the link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/languageofbirds
Just the videos from my trip all together in one place. The most recent are at the top. These are meant to be seen full screen and in high def! And check in often since new films are arriving daily. Cheers!
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video window help:
https://paulies.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/a-youtube-primer-for-an-occasional-visitor/