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Redhead

The spring migration of waterfowl is one of my favorite sights to witness each year. Thousands of waterfowl push north as the ice on ponds and lakes begins to thaw. This is prime time for waterfowl courtship. Listen to hundreds of male Redheads displaying in this recording! Each time a male gives this call, he pulls his head back and quickly tosses it forward.
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Christopher L. Wood
Redhead

Green Turtle

This recording presents a classic example of a marine cleaning station. A bit slow to start, this clip gets much more interesting when a Green Turtle is fully revealed from behind the coral. This is one of my favorite clips because it shows some really interesting behavior, but also the mutualistic relationship between different organisms. Towards the end of the clip you get a real good look into the face of a Green Turtle. Listen carefully and you'll hear whales in the background, probably some nearby Humpback Whales.
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David Brown
Green Turtle

Pileated Woodpecker

From :07 to 1:26 is a nice clean example of nest feeding, featuring a cool species. Shot in HD with terrific light and nice selective focus.
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Tim Barksdale
Pileated Woodpecker

Wood Duck

It feels like I could reach right out and touch him! A nice tight shot with good light and a good exit. I think my choices demonstrate my perspective as a production oriented viewer. Since I'm mostly looking for pretty video of birds just being birds, outlandish behaviors aren't among my favorites. This is simply a beautiful shot of a killer bird!
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Tim Barksdale
Wood Duck

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Birds

The earth hosts approximately 10,000 species of birds, 75% of which are represented in this archive. From your common feeder birds, including jays, chickadees and sparrows to the exotic birds-of-paradise, toucans and flamingos you can browse families and explore their diversity. You’ll discover some exceptions in the bird world, such as penguins and emus that are unable to fly, however, all birds have feathers and lay eggs, even if they are not masters of flight.
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Tim Barksdale
Birds

Mammals

About 5,500 species of mammals roam the earth today. They are an incredibly diverse group from whales and dolphins, to bats, big cats, shrews and elephants. One trait they all have in common—hair. Listen to the astounding vocalizations of the nearly 70 marine mammal species in the archive or watch Polar Bears hunt in the high arctic. Explore recordings for the more than 600 mammal species in the archive!
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David Brown
Mammals

Reptiles

Despite being among the very first animals to travel this earth, reptiles are still very successful today. With nearly 8,200 species described these scaly, cold-blooded creatures survive in some of the toughest climates on earth. Like birds, most species lay eggs, but many snakes and lizards give birth to live young. Check out some videos of a Galapagos Tortoise or listen to an American Alligator!
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Tim Barksdale
Reptiles

Amphibians

Frogs and toads, newts and salamanders, and snake-like caecilians comprise the diverse class, Amphibia. Many species begin their life as aquatic juveniles and transform into terrestrial adults. Amphibians are of particular conservation concern. Of the ~6,300 amphibians, one in three are threatened with extinction. Take a listen to any of the nearly 200 species in the archive!
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Christopher L. Wood
Amphibians

Arthropods

Invertebrates with an exoskeleton, segmented body and jointed appendages are classified as arthropods. This includes insects, centipedes and millipedes, and crustaceans—shrimp, lobsters and crabs. Take a listen to the Snowy Tree-Cricket that varies how fast it delivers each note depending on the temperature.
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Wilbur Hershberger
Arthropods

Fishes

This group takes the prize as the most diverse group of vertebrates, with nearly 32,000 species represented. Fish were the first vertebrates to radiate the earth, dating back 500 million years. The group includes the bony fish, sharks and rays, lungfish and coelacanths, hagfish, and lampreys. Watch videos of a Whale Shark feeding or hear what a squirrelfish sounds like!
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David Brown
Fishes
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