<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/37533145?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/37533145″>Tony Conrad sample reel – Feb 2012</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/tylerhubby”>Tyler Hubby</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Birds of Prey
Their shadow dims the sunshine of our day,
As they go lumbering across the sky,
Squawking in joy of feeling safe on high,
Beating their heavy wings of owlish gray.
They scare the singing birds of earth away
As, greed-impelled, they circle threateningly,
Watching the toilers with malignant eye,
From their exclusive haven–birds of prey.
They swoop down for the spoil in certain might,
And fasten in our bleeding flesh their claws.
They beat us to surrender weak with fright,
And tugging and tearing without let or pause,
They flap their hideous wings in grim delight,
And stuff our gory hearts into their maws.
by: Claude McKay (1889-1948)
It’s that time of the year again it seems! I spotted this Brown Falcon perched along Cemetery Road and watched on as it caused some angst amongst the local community of Australian Magpies.
The falcon shifted perches a few times, with the magpies getting a little upset on each occasion – especially when they were evicted from their lofty perch. No doubt this is one of many battles we will witness during the upcoming season.
I’ve returned from my peregrinations, low of spirit and of body (I’ve had a nefarious virus). But I had a good time within the constraints of being ill, and enjoyed my visits and seminars at Vanderbilt and Emory. I’ll post some photos (including food, of course) within the next few days.
In the meantime, to cheer us all I’m posting this viral video of Douglas Hamilton saying goodbye to his lion cubs. According to the DailyRecord.co.uk, Hamilton works in a bank in Glasgow, but went to Port Elizabeth Seaview Lion Park in South Africa to volunteer for two months. This video was apparently taken on day before Hamilton returned to Scotland, and it’s heartwarming and heartbreaking to see him literally crawling with mewling cubs hungry for affection.
No bonded pair as yet, but, things should be getting sorted out here shortly with these guys. Then, maybe I can halfway plan my Summer. New falcon’s still killing much time at the current box, usually within view/earshot of the webcams. Tiercels showing off for some days now, which makes for some fun viewing for all around. Very funny vignette yesterday with the now hot-to-trot falcon when she saw one of the tiercels coming toward her. She ee-chupped like a nympho, threw herself onto the gravel, & presented her fanny. Beat. Beat. Beat. She looked up, & all around, in obvious confusion & disappointment. Hopped up, went to the ledge, searching for the cause of her excitement – where did he go? Ok, I did feel a bit bad for her, but, her body language was stereotypical sit-com. When it comes to courtship, PEFAs aren’t very different from ourselves.
Ever wondered what a Bayesian network is, and how to build one? Well, Ann Nicholson has provided a place to get started, with a post about how to model with Bayesian networks. The post includes a simple ecological example, and is on the relatively new blog “Bayesians without Borders“.
The West End nest at Catalina also had first hatch today, the moms who are mother and daughter themselves (mother – Wray at West End and daughter – K82 at Two Harbors) sure are in sync this year! Love that big yawn (or yell) and little pink talons, they won’t stay little for long! 🙂