Bullock’s Oriole video

Drew WeberBirding, Identification, Photography, Rarities4 Comments

Digiscoping video with my phone is proving to be a great way to document rarities. I think that seeing a bird in natural motion takes some of the trickiness out of identification because it is not just a frozen moment in time. With still photography we don’t know whether the feathers are laying naturally, or if the sun’s angle is causing the colors to look different. What do you think, does video make identification easier or harder?

This video shows the Bullock’s Oriole in southern Huntingdon County really going to town on the blood oranges that were put out for it. I am surprised that the oriole has managed not to get any of the bright reddish orange juice on its plumage, which could have made identification more interesting. You can see a bit on the bill but that is it.