Remote Camera Gives a Peek into the Mysterious World of Orange-breasted Falcons
Marta Curti— 6 May 2006 — in Orange-breasted Falcon Project Share
As we hoped, the camera recorded some very interesting footage. We had placed it at the nest at an opportune time—only hours after the first downy chick out of three eggs had hatched. On this day we were able to catch on film the female feeding on the broken pieces of eggshell—something that we weren’t aware that they did.
As the days and weeks passed, the camera rolled as the female brooded her chick, kicked the remaining two eggs that never hatched out of the nest, and carefully fed her offspring small pieces of meat. We even recorded a few tentative visits by the male.
While all of this was happening at the nest, the biologists were recording some interesting behavior off-camera as well. They witnessed several prey exchanges between the male and the female and were able to identify a variety of prey items including a few bats, some parakeets, and even a small reptile!
Our plan is to improve the camera system for next year, and even include a small microphone so that we can record vocalizations between the parents, between mother and chick, and among the young chicks themselves. Ideally, we would also like to place a camera at two different nests to gather even more data and to learn more about the mysterious world of the Orange-breasted Falcon.
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