Thursday, September 21, 2006

Ivory-billed Woodpecker confirmed in Florida!! Photo!

You've heard the rumours... in a Worldwide scoop I can now present the TRUTH!*

This is what will be announced next month...

A pair of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers has been confirmed in the Roaring Cutoff area of the Choctawhatchee River, Florida panhandle. The discovery was made by a graduate student, taking his Prof's hummer on a high speed tank cross-country. He described hearing a distinctive 'double knock' out the front of the vehicle. In his own words... not so much the classic 'double knock', as two sickening thuds. It was then that he noticed a male IBW smeared across the hood of the vehicle, and a second bird, a female, bouncing off into the water and being swept away. Both birds appeared to have died very recently. He pulled the v
ehicle over safely, but as he went to retrieve the body of the male, it slid off into the river and was lost. He returned the hummer to the Prof who confirmed by DNA analysis of the blood that it belonged to IBW. Previous estimates that there was perhaps enough suitable habitat in the vicinity for one pair of IBWs were rapidly upgraded to 9 pairs, just in case. In spite of extensive searching, no further birds have been sighted in the area. Fortunately a remote motion sensitive camera set up in the area captured one frame, confirming the identity of the birds.

*'TRUTH' may not be based on actual events for the purpose of this post.


John said...

How leaked this information? This is a terrible breach in security. The photo and details you posted were not to be released until the October AOU meeting!

Martin said...

What can I say?
Never trust a hippie
'Cause I love punky Bambi
All the spikey punkers
Believers in the ruins
With one big shout
They all cry out
Who killed Bambi?