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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
They squawk to their friends. They hop across the forest floor. They puff their feathers to attract a mate.
The birds shown in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology showcase were so comical they could have been cartoon characters. In How Nature Works: Barrier Island Foraging Strategies FLEFF goers got the inside close-up look of birds who feed in Louisiana’s barrier islands. The Long-billed Curlew has an extremely long down-curved bill that allows it to shove its head into the sand and impressively pull out a crab. I’m glad I don’t have to eat my dinner like that.
Another oddball bird was the Piping Plover. These little white-feathered rascals do what the narrator described as a run-stop-run survey method. They’ll run a couple feet, freeze, dig their stout orange beaks into the ground for prey, and repeat – a little dance for a little creature.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also featured beautifully majestic yet odd and bizarre birds in Paradise Found. One bird’s appearance may as well have been taken from an alien comic book. The male version of the Parotia puffs out its black feathers into a skirt as it dances, bobs and twirls to attract a lady. It’s gold and teal neck feathers display as if they are its version of a flashy bow tie.
After the screening as I ate an afternoon sandwich at College Town Bagels, I heard a small tweet from above in a tree. I looked up and starred, realizing I will probably never look at birds the same way again.