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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Video highlights

I wanted to do a post for WBW, but didn't have much in the way of pictures; so, I've put together a video, of just a few of the highlights so far this year, from my local, Caldecotte Lake.

Anyone who follows that blog, will probably have seen these various clips at some time as I've already posted them, so sorry.

If not, then the clips are as follows:

Cormorant courtship display
A Crow thief
Goosanders messing around
Gulls doing the 'rain dance'
Great Crested Grebes performing the 'weed dance'

Hope you enjoy.

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  1. Fun video. Actually well put together. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  2. Well worth another look. Thanks Keith.

  3. I loved the entire video, but my favorite was the GCG's performing their weed dance,it was like watching synrchronized swimming with a twist! Is this something they normally do or are they just playing around?

  4. I must have missed the Cormorants first time round so am pleased you repeated it.

  5. These are wonderful, Keith. I can't pick a favorite. Thanks so much for capturing and sharing these glimpses into bird behavior.

  6. enjoyed all of these moments! the gull stomp was too cute. but the courtship of those grebes is so amazing...

  7. Thanks Wanda. The weed dance is all part of the grebes courtship; something I've been very lucky to witness a few times now.

    Thanks John. The first time I'd seen that behaviour before.

    Thank you Linda. I'm fortunate to have the time now to see all this behaviour. It never ceases to amaze me.

    Thanks Theresa. I never tire of watching birds, and their behaviour. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. It's nice to see video...kind of a change of pace. Loved the grebes and gulls! Nicely done!

  9. Thanks Brian. I enjoyed putting it all together.

  10. I adore the Pheasant walking away with the text. It would make a fabulous inspirational poster, really BIIIIIG. No kidding, I can see it in an airport mega big.

  11. Keith...this video was fantastic. I loved seeing the different behaviors!

  12. I enjoyed the entire video, but the grebe "Weed Dance" was the greatest!

  13. Glad to see these clips again. Loved them all!!

  14. A lovely collection, Keith no harm in seeing them again and I had either missed or forgotten the Crow one, I felt quite indignant on behalf of the aggrieved party :-)

  15. That was a delight!
    Each antic wonderfully captured.
    I don't think I stopped smiling from beginning to end.
    Excellent video! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  16. Very interesting and nice videos.:-)
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. The Crested Grebes are fantastic. Get some more, PLEASE.

  18. An amazing set of videos Keith.
    Thanks for showing them again.

  19. Always nice to revisit the best bits Keith. A super compilation...[;o)

  20. Beautiful Keith..
    I haven't done any video over the winter apart from taking a few 5 second clips of a daffodil growing every weekend for the last few weeks... a poor mans time lapse and still not sure it will be any good.

    Take care..

  21. Great video! I just love the last ones...I dont know the english name, but in swedish its skäggdopping :) They are so beautiful!

  22. Superb video! I love especially Crows - they are fascinating, aren't they?

  23. So love the Comorant courtship! Very nicely put together video!

  24. I love the Cormorant courtship. And the Great crested grebes are my favorites. Thanks for sharing. Awesome video!

  25. Oh my gosh that was sooo much fun!! Thank you for putting those together. Every clip was great (it was fun to hear your voice with the silly crows)...but the last one, the grebe courtship dance was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. I loved every bit of this.

  26. Super video Keith! I really enjoyed the Crows and laughed out loud. They are such intelligent birds. This is the first time I've seen the Great Crested Grebes "weed dance" and it's marvelous! Our Western and Clark's Grebes do a very similar mating dance. Aren't they magnificent?

  27. Wonderful editing here Keith..so enjoyable!

  28. Thanks Robin, very kind of you to say that. I did get a small one made, but I think you're right, a big one would look better. :-)

    Thanks Kelly. Birds are so interesting to watch aren't they. Much better than the TV. lol

    Modesto, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

    Thank you Ken. The weed dance is certainly a great sight to witness.

    Nature Rambles, thank you. Glad you enjoyed them. :-)

    Thanks Jan. Those Crows are so comical with their antics. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when it happened. So glad I kept filming. :-)

    Carletta, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)

    Thank you Elizabeth. Nature gives us some great sights to see. :-)

    Bob, I'll do my best lol
    Great to see their displays isn't it. :-)

    Thanks Roy. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Cheers Trevor. It was good fun putting it together.

    Andrew, I look forward to seeing that.
    I've got a small pocket 'handycam', so it's always with me when I go out. I still manage to miss stuff though lol

    Fjällripan, thank you. The English name is Great Crested Grebe, and they certainly are beautiful birds.

    Thanks Joo. The Crows are always good to watch, and very intelligent too.
    Glad you enjoyed the video :-)

    Thank you Reena. That's the first time I'd seen the Cormorants displaying like that, so was very pleased to capture it on video. Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

    Eileen, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to do another one one day :-)

    Sallie, thank you. Yea, those grebes certainly put some effort into their courtship. Lovely to watch them. :-)

    Thanks Larry. Glad you enjoyed the video. Bird behaviour is fascinating to watch.
    The grebes are such beautiful birds, with beautiful behaviour to match.

    Thanks Sondra. Had some fun putting it together, and I think it was worth it :-)

  29. Who needs still images these days anyway!?

    Nice video.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  30. Thanks Stewart, glad you enjoyed it.
    Thought it would make a change :-)

  31. Fantastic clippings.
    Surprisingly the owner crow did not object.

  32. Indrani, thank you. That surprised me too. He seemed resigned to the fact he'd lost it.

  33. David Attenborough's got nothing on you brother.
    The Weed Dance of the Great Crested grebe? Talk about dirty love... Usually the best 5:42 of my day too.
    Still, voyeurism aside, that little 3 penny opera starring the crows takes the cake.
    Brilliant stuff Keith!

  34. I loved every minute of this video! You showed such interesting behaviors of these species. The weed dance of the Grebes is amazing to watch.

  35. Great video Keith. Really enjoyed it.

  36. Great to see these all in one place, as I have missed some. Awesome, Keith. ;)

  37. that was a cool video...thank you for stopping by to visit...

  38. Thanks Dave, you're very kind.
    Those Crows were amazing to watch; like naughty kids lol

    Thank you Pat. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks Adam. :-)

    Thank you Nancy :-)

    Thanks Deb. :-)

  39. It must have been fun watching all those situations, Keith, and it's definitely been a good idea to catch them on a video. :-)

  40. Thank you Petra. Yea, I love to watch the behaviour of the birds.

  41. nice to see the cormorants. I hae not seen that before. :)

  42. Thank you NatureFootstep. It was the first time I had seen Cormorants doing that too. :-)

    Thanks Mike :-)

  43. I really enjoyed the video as my favorite part of birding is watching behaviors...

  44. Rambling Woods, thank you. Glad you enjoyed the video. :-)

  45. wow sensational video Keith... I really laught at the gull rain dance and I loved the grebe courtship... Well done and very diverse subject ;-)

  46. Thanks Chris, glad you enjoyed it.
    It's fascinating to watch the different behaviours.