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Bird Gets Ahold of Egg Camera, Captures Great Aerial Footage of Penguin Colony

The filmmakers behind a BBC nature show got more than they bargained for when they came up with the idea of encasing a video camera in a fake egg to gather surreptitious footage of a penguin colony on the Falkland Islands.

Recently released clips from the nature series “Penguins — Spy in the Huddle” shows predator birds pecking, kicking and carrying the camera — one of 50 strewn around the rockhopper penguin colony — in search of a quick snack.

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First up is a striated caracara, a type of falcon who sees the apparently abandoned egg and swoops in to investigate. After a bit of poking with beak and feet (and a long downhill tumble that demonstrates how sturdily the contraption is made), the caracara picks up the egg in his talons and takes it aloft, providing a striking aerial view of the colony at an altitude a helicopter would never dare.

After the caracara gives up, a pair of turkey vultures take a turn at getting to the gooey lunch presumably inside the egg, sending the camera on yet another rock-bashing tumble downhill before it comes to rest back in the middle of the penguin colony.

Although the footage captured by the turkey vultures is less than impressive, the caracara clearly has a knack for aerial photography… if only that egg had some image stabilization.

(via Sploid)


 
  • Kevin Purcell

    A couple of things:

    The Striated Caracara footage was shot on the Falkland Islands which hadn’t moved south into the Antarctic last time I checked :-).

    The show is broadcast by the BBC (and Discovery) but made by JDP so no BBC engineers were suprised in the making of the program. That said the sequence is rather amusing.

    You can see more clips and find out more about the cameras at

    http://jdp.co.uk/programmes/penguins-spy-in-the-huddle

    And if you liked this then you’ll like Dolphins – Spy in the Pod that was broadcast on the BBC recently. Taking remote cameras into the briny deep to amuse cetaceans (and the primates that watch the video).

  • DLCade

    Thanks for pointing out the mistakes Kevin :) I’ve gone ahead and edited the article.

  • Matias Gonua

    The moral is, mother nature should make egg shells stronger.

  • Mark Brown

    That was fun!

  • Mark Penrice

    But then the baby birds wouldn’t be able to break their way out when hatching time comes around? They’re made exactly as strong as they need to be.

  • Matias Gonua

    Reaaaally? Whoah!