by Tara Tanaka
This is approximately 20 minutes of feeding compressed into a minute and a half. When Tara returned two days later, the chicks had fledged, so it's understandable how many insects were necessary at this point in their development.
Jim Cox, of Tall Timbers Research Station, climbed a ladder to reach a 30' high RCW cavity today and was able to band one of the two approximately 8-day old RCWs.
Red-cockaded Woodpecker gets a little help from a friend
Installing an Artificial RCW Cavity
Historically, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker's range extended in the southeastern United States from Florida to New Jersey and Maryland, as far west as eastern Texas and Oklahoma, and inland to Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Today it is estimated that there are about 5,000 groups of red-cockaded woodpeckers, or 12,500 birds, from Florida to Virginia and west to southeast Oklahoma and eastern Texas, representing about 1% of the woodpecker's original population. They have become extinct-(extirpated), in New Jersey, Maryland, and Missouri. Wikipedia
Tara Tanaka created all four of these short videos. Tara, who is a two time winner of the prestigious Swarovski Optik Digiscoper of the Year award, shoots her videos and stills with Panasonic Lumix GH3 mounted on a Swarovski STX 95 scope using manual focus.
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