BrooklynParrots.com: A Web Site About the Wild Parrots of Brooklyn
Quaker Parrot Facts, lore, audio files, video clips, photos, pictures, photo comics, and other information about Brooklyn's flocks of wild Quaker Parrots (AKA Monk Parakeets).
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Video Clip: Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade 2007
I took a short break from my wild parrot-hunting activities last Sunday to shadow the annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade. This parade may not be as big as the parade that happens a week earlier in Manhattan, but it's got real Brooklyn heart and soul.
Of course, amidst all the antique police cars, marching bands, and pipers I snuck in a shot of an extremely Leprechaun-like green Quaker Parrot surveying the passing parade from his lofty perch at Bay Ridge's "Dust Bowl." Enjoy!
Last weekend, I was invited to record the antics of a group of wild Quaker Parrots who frequent a bird feeder generously provided by a parrot enthusiast in South Brooklyn. This short clip shows these hungry green avians chowing down, even as the bird feeder rocks wildly in the stiff wind!
Just a quick note: I'm almost finished editing two new Wild Quaker Parrot videos. The first will focus on the wild parrots of the Bronx, the second will focus on some truly wild action we've seen recently at a bird feeder in South Brooklyn. When these are ready, I'll upload them to Youtube for all to enjoy. I'm also working on a video on the Bay Ridge parrots: the ETA for completion of this is April 15.
I'm really enjoying doing digital video now, although producing these mini-opuses takes a lot of time! But I think you'll find they are worth waiting for.
Video Clip: The Wild Quaker Parrots of Edgewater, New Jersey
Our film crew (consisting of one middle-aged human and three well-trained Quaker Parrots) was active over the weekend. On Saturday, we were in New Jersey, and were graced with cold but beautiful weather that let us shoot many elements which will be included in our forthcoming Wild Feral Parrot Epic. The resultant clip runs just under 5 minutes: it includes:
1. Views of several types of wild Quaker Parrot nests seen in New Jersey. 2. Views of the Quaker Parrots, conversing, flocking, and catching the winter sun. 3. Assorted winter snuggling (it was COLD on Saturday!) 4. Classic scenes of the Quaker Parrots fighting each other (you thought the Brooklyn Parrots were pugnacious: the Jersey Parrots are ferocious!) 5. A scene in which the Quaker Parrots' feeding is interrupted by a warning siren. 6. Close-ups of Quaker Parrots performing construction tasks. 7. Quaker Parrots eating snow, a wintertime delicacy which must be one of the true pleasures of any charismatic avian Argentinian expatriate living in the Northeast.
The arrival of wild parrots in Brooklyn is fairly well documented. But the appearance of parrots in the Garden State is highly mysterious. Did they fly from a barge? Break out of the Sea-Land Terminal located near the Lincoln Tunnel? Or bust out of a crate at Newark Airport, stopover at a cemetery in Hoboken and move to Edgewater in the 1990's? Everybody in Jersey seems to have a theory, and someday the truth may out.
Enjoy the incredible wild Quaker Parrots of Edgewater: these hardy urban parrots have made Edgewater a must-see place for anyone interested in wild parrot conservation today! (This clip, like just about every clip we upload, will be making its way into the forthcoming Brooklyn Parrots documentary film).
Last week I met up with Cat Greenleaf, who produces shows for Today in New York, an early-morning show which precedes NBC's Today Show, and showed her the parrots. Cat tells me the resulting sequence will air tomorrow, March 6th, just before 6:00 AM. If you miss it, NBC will have the video segment online at the official website of Today in New York.
BirdTricks.com has some helpful parrot behavior tips and training resources.
Texas-based distiller Raileen makes some incredible Monk Parakeet-branded rum (for human consumption)
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Steve Baldwin is a marketing manager in the fun and exciting world of Search Engine Marketing. In his spare time, he documents the lives of wild monk parrots in New York. Steve is an author who has written several books, Netslaves (McGraw-Hill, 1999) and Netslaves II (Allworth Press, 2003). Netslaves was called "one of the best business books of 1999" by Library Journal. His new book, Tango in America, features a parrot as its heroine. He has a B.A. from Fordham University in New York City.