Thursday, September 11, 2008
April 12th. As Bobby and Jim Carpenter, CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited traveled deep in the Bayou in Arkansas, they spied a large black and white bird flying in the distance. Both Bobby and Jim found the bird interesting in its speed, wing beat frequency and it flight pattern. While the bird flew like other Ivory-bills that Bobby has seen in powered flight it was simply too far away to say it was an Ivory-bill. But just in case, Bobby decided to deploy cameras in the area.
The next day, Jim and Wild Birds chief biologist John Schaust were in the same area. Both Jim and John heard and recorded more than fifty minutes of “kent” like calls.
Bobby’s cameras have now recorded more than 300,000 images in the area, but not all of the images have been reviewed. On September 6th Bobby made a trip to the swamp to retrieve the cameras for general maintenance. When he arrived at the deployment site he heard a distinct Ivory-bill like double-knock about 800 plus feet away. Bobby is anxious to finish review of the images already produced and eager to get the cameras back out in the swamp.
Posted by Bobby at 3:23 AM