[Tweeters] Into the darkness-Robinson Canyon, Common Poorwill

Joe Mackie joemackie.14 at comcast.net
Sun Aug 7 17:26:17 PDT 2016

Interesting? I should say so! And then what (the rest of the story)?! We
know the ending already. You're posting about it. Whew!

And you have it on film? Whoohoooo!

When do we get to see it?

Joe Mackie

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dan Reiff,
Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2016 3:46 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Into the darkness-Robinson Canyon, Common Poorwill

I have spent much time with Common Poorwill this year in several locations
to better understand their behaviors. Very special and interesting. And
difficult to observe and film.
Have learned a lot. They are very active. Feed for long periods almost
continuously on fuller moon nights.
Short periods on dark nights like the past week.

Monday was interesting.
I went to Robinson Canyon to film poorwill. Above the upper parking lot, a
male fed, landed and began calling. I was able to get incrementally closer
until I was reasonably close. I stood motionless, enjoying the video screen
images of the male Common Poorwill calling nearby. After a few minutes it
briefly stopped calling, looked up the path into the darkness of the
riparian zone and then began calling again. In the darkness, I watched a
coyote approach to about 90 feet and stop. It appeared to be interested in
the bird. I ignored it and returned to filming the calling poorwill. The
bird again looked up the path, away from me, and flew away.
I looked up to see the coyote directly approaching me on the trail in the
near darkness, now about 40 feet away. I was slightly annoyed that it had
flushed the poorwill.
I decided to focus on the coyote. With light, I manually focused on it as it
continued to casually walk towards me-30-40 feet away. The image slowly came
into sharp focus, full frame, on my camera screen: a Mountain Lion.

Dan Reiff

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