Woodcock Dance

We've all heard and seen the American Woodcock do his sky dance,
twittering and chirping in the dusky sky. But have you ever seen
woodcocks displaying on the ground - with raised and fanned
tail, doing the chicken walk?

I was driving to work early on a rainy Saturday morning
when I got to watch this guy strutting his stuff.


This is blurry, but you can see the raised tail.


slinky step


look both ways before crossing
(it is easy for woodcocks to look both ways!)


creep-walk


slip-sliding away

click here to see the chicken walk (Warning, 6 MB of QuickTime movie)

It puts the creep in crepuscular!

 

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