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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/29/16 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2016 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Door Co. WI• Chambers Island
Notes: The American Woodcock is the only bird in North America with transverse head stripes (running eye-to-eye and perpendicular to its beak). But that is not its only unique attribute. Though classified as a shorebird, they typically inhabit young brushy woodlands, well inland, especially those near open fields and soggy bottomlands. It probes the soft ground with its two and a half inch long bill for invertebrates, especially worms. Starting in late winter and early spring, this chunky, ten inch long game bird gets an early start to its annual courtship activities. At twilight, and sometimes at dawn, the males find an open spot in a scrubby field or a small clearing in the woods to begin. They intermittently produce a short nasal sounding call that sounds like “peent”. This call is projected at varying intervals for a little while. Then, without any warning, the “Timberdoodle” explodes upward into the air. Its wings produce a wavering fluttery-twitter as it ascends. Once the Woodcock reaches an altitude of about two hundred feet or more, it begins a series of liquidy chirps that is repeated several times. Suddenly the chirping stops, the sky goes oddly quiet, and in the silence the bird plummets downward. Typically, it returns to within a few feet from where it originally took off. This courtship flight is repeated for about twenty minutes during those soft light hours.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/125 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Manual • Flash - yes • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 05-28-14

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