Bird Walk

Video of birds walking from various dates and times. Included are:

  1. Pigeon, Brookhaven, GA
  2. Seagull, Myrtle Beach, SC
  3. Egret, Myrtle Beach, SC
  4. Geese, Stone Mountain, GA
  5. Zebra Finch, Chamblee, GA
  6. Ducks, Chamblee, GA
  7. Eastern Towhee, Chamblee, GA
  8. Great Blue Heron, Chamblee, GA
  9. Robin, Atlanta, GA

Original video, © 2017, G. M. Lupo.

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Blue Heron, 24 April 2017, Chamblee, GA

I spent about fifteen minutes following a blue heron around a pond near my office this morning and making video clips, which I edited in iMovie. This is the finished product.

There’s been at least one, maybe multiple herons visiting the pond here for several years, but I’m not certain this is the same one I’ve encountered other times I took pictures or video. I believe there are at least two, maybe more, but they’re never here at the same time.

Zebra Finch, Chamblee, GA, July, 2016

While walking around Century Center in Chamblee Monday, I encountered an odd looking little bird I’d never seen before. Investigation on the Internet uncovered that it’s a male zebra finch, which is not native to North America, but the species has been introduced, possibly as pets or for research.

I’m not sure how this one came to inhabit the area it’s in, but it seems fairly acclimated to humans, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

It’s probably also a good thing it didn’t show up while the heron was hanging around last month.

These are some photos and videos of it I posted to my Instagram account, gmatt63.


Great Blue Heron, Chamblee, GA (Photos & Video)

There’s been a Great Blue Heron visiting a pond near where I work and I’ve had the opportunity to get some video and photos of it. I haven’t seen it the past few times I went over there this week, but one’s been dropping in there on occasion for a few years, so I’m sure one will be back at some point.

The first eight still photos are screen grabs from a couple of videos. Below the last video are a few close up photos and at the very bottom is some graphic art I created from a couple of photos.

These were originally posted on my Instagram account, gmatt63.

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Ecological Meltdown

We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds in the name of yesterday and in the name of God – The Eagles

The earth’s ecosystem didn’t pop up overnight. It has developed over billions of years, and humans have only been a part of it for a few hundred thousand at most. This has not stopped the human race from crowning itself masters of the world, and we’ve sanctified that mastery through the religions we create. Nature has a far better handle on how the world functions than we do, but rather than learn from nature, we have set ourselves in opposition to the natural world with disastrous results. We wipe out ecosystems and exterminate species with little or no regard to the role each plays in the environment.

If we destroy a species that serves a vital function in the ecosystem we’d better be prepared to take over that function or deal with the consequences. If we don’t understand what that function is, we need to do all we can to make sure that species is protected until we learn. Animals, who have just as much right to inhabit the planet as we do are disappearing at an alarming rate due to our oftentimes willful negligence. People  think nothing of killing an elephant just to make a few trinkets out of ivory and the rhino has nearly gone extinct because people believe its horn can be used as an aphrodisiac. For every person actively involved in trying to protect these creatures, there are many more trying to thwart these efforts, or turning a blind eye to the problem. Rather than try to preserve these creatures, we document their passage and invent reasons why they didn’t survive to justify our slaughter of them. 

The history of humanity is awash with our attempts to deal with problems we’ve created for ourselves. We lay claim to parcels of land, or wider territory and to defend those rights we’ve claimed for ourselves, we go to war and slaughter countless others. We indiscriminately dump our waste into the available waterways, then must pump the water full of chemicals to make it drinkable. We create materials that don’t biodegrade or are hazardous to health, then pollute the environment trying to dispose of it, further compromising the environment for other creatures living there. 

We need to stop feigning ignorance and start acting on what we’ve learned. Whether it’s religion or politics, we’ve become very adept at figuring out how to justify our destructive ways, in some cases making them desirable traits rather than negative behaviors that need to be corrected. We need to abandon our tribal mentally and start thinking globally, because otherwise, it will soon be our turn to face extinction. 

Four Geese and a Duck, Stone Mountain, 25 March 2016

10 June 2016: I have learned that what I’ve been identifying as a duck below is actually a Greater White-fronted goose. This explains some inconsistencies I noted in how it behaved. We live and learn.

I went for a walk at Stone Mountain Friday, 25 March and took some video of two pairs of geese and one duck, near the riverboat ride. Somewhere on the water, I could hear what sounded like a large gaggle of geese, but could only see a few landing in the water. The geese I encountered didn’t seem to take them into account. I’ve noted other times when I’ve seen geese at Stone Mountain, that they often respond to the sound of other geese by turning their heads in the direction of the sound, or answering with honks of their own, but these rarely did.

Canadian geese are fairly common at the park throughout the year. They’ve apparently opted to stay here rather than fly back north, if, in fact, they came from there. The ones at Stone Mountain are most likely several generations removed from those who migrated.

Ducks are also a fairly common site. This one was alone, and was just hanging out near the edge of the lake. I thought it would try to get into the water, especially after I showed up, but it didn’t. It didn’t just stick around for the video, but stayed long enough for me to walk away and come back to take some photos.

Other ducks were flying around, landing in the water nearby but none came close to where this one was hanging out.

It’s perhaps a testament to their acclimation to humans that neither the duck nor the geese seemed to pay me much attention. My following them didn’t seem to hurry the geese very much, and I was nearly two feet away from the duck while taking the video and some photos.