Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Tale of the Stolen Jacket!

In my previous post I told the story of a Northern Goshawk stealing my jacket. Here is a slow motion helmet cam video of the incident. The green fleece jacket was placed over the nestling while I was installing a nest camera in the tree. This helps to protect the nestling from the elements and to reduce its stress. While I was setting up my rappel to come out of the tree, one of the adult goshawks flew by and took the jacket from the nest. A field volunteer ran through the forest and retrieved the jacket after it was dropped by the raptor.

In this slow motion video you can see the jacket as I am working with the climbing rope. Suddenly its gone! Look low and to the left in the frame and you will see the adult flying into the trees with the jacket. It makes total sense to attack the jacket as it was on top of their only nestling. It was a very cool experience.

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