"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Saturday, June 24, 2017
-- Pileated Flight --
Broadly white visuals aside, there's a distinct difference in flight mechanics between the pileated in Wasiuta's video and the subject in Luneau video. The pileated folds wings completely under body multiple times relatively early in the flight, transitioning to the common cruising mode. That is in obvious contrast with the flight of the Luneau bird, which shows only one "bounding" event in nearly thirty flaps, according to Bill Pulliam's analysis. http://bbill.blogspot.com/2011/11/imperial-film.html
So rather than supporting the skeptic position that the Luneau bird was a pileated, the new pileated video seems to to further Pulliam's conclusion that the Luneau bird is in fact an Ivorybill.
Has anyone compared wing length to body width proportions of the Luneau bird with pileated? Seems to me, with just naked eye viewing, that the Luneau bird has a higher wing to body width ratio.
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