PhD candidate Kyle-Mark Middleton works at the University of Cape Town and he recently came up with a very interesting idea.
He decided to place a bunch of research camera traps around the area, in hopes of capturing certain footage. The Southern ground hornbill that he was able to capture on camera had some musings about these traps and now we are here to show you more of this excellent footage.
The hornbill decided that it would show up Kyle-Mark by taking the time to guard the area. There was a nesting site inside of a tree cavity that they were trying to record.
The bird suddenly became aware that they were being filmed and decide to launch an attack. As protective parents ourselves, we can finally understand where this bird was coming from and we fully support them in this initiative.
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The ferocity that they unleashed when the camera was attacked is too funny. In all fairness, we are sure that these researchers had to see this coming. No new parent is ever going to let any harm come to their babies whatsoever.
Acoustic Communications Team shared the hilarious footage, saying, “Camera traps placed at the nesting site provide an ideal tool for recording vocalizations associated with their behavioral context. Further, they allowed to investigate how every individual group member contributes to provisioning the incubating female, and the nestling after hatching.”
Once the bird calmed down, they finally decided to have a bonding moment with one another. Perhaps the bird recognizes that all the researcher is trying to do is capture some awesome footage.
“Tried to record the call of this captive bird. Unfortunately, it had other things on its mind. Unsuccessful morning but a good laugh,” Kyle-Mark shared on Instagram.
We are on the bird’s side if we are being fully honest. Either way, we’re glad it seems the two have made amends.Whizzco