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Hummingbird Travels

Male Rufous Hummingbird (Hummingbirds.net)

 

This is taken from a Netlines newsletter article by Fred Dietrich, bird bander, published by the Hummer/Bird Study Group in 2009.  (I copied the page but forgot to copy the date.)  Pretty cool stuff!

A female Rufous hummingbird that was banded on January 13, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida, was recaptured on June 28, 2010 in Chenega Bay, Alaska, in Prince William Sound.  This is an incredible 3,523-mile straight-line distance from where she was banded only six months before!

This recapture is by far the longest distance ever recorded for an species of hummingbird between the banding and recapture site.  The previous record was a bird that was recaptured on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, after being banded in Lafayette, Louisiana, about 2,200 miles.

This 3.7 gram bird, about 1/8 of an ounce, was only 6 months old when she took off from Alaska, heading for her wintering grounds.  She was completely on her own, no experience to rely on, no flock of hummingbirds to fly with (they don’t flock), and no mom to follow on this long round-trip journey of more than 7,000 miles.  At the time she was recaptured, she was just completing her first year of life and appeared no worse for the wear, other than being covered with pollen from flowers she had been feeding on, getting ready to begin her next migration cycle.

DCI Drum Corp Competition – Salem, Va. – Aug 2010

Are you into Drum Corp competitions?  Or maybe you don’t know what that is?  It’s “professional” marching band – at its absolute finest!  These performers are the best of the best.  It’s amazing!! 

I had the opportunity – and the pleasure – to take photographs at the Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia, held in Salem, Va., in August 2010.  Seven drum corps competed:   Blue Devils, Carolina Crown, Glassmen, Colts, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, and Cascades.  It was an incredible show!  I’ve posted two galleries on SmugMug.com of the show.  The first gallery is called “On the Lot,” and it includes photographs of several of the corps unloading, warming up, drilling, etc.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to photograph all of the corps in the pre-show setting, because several of the corps arrived after the competition had started.  The second gallery is called “The Competition,” and it includes photos of all of the competing corps, taken from the stands fairly close to the 50-yard line.  The photos in this section are in the order of the competition, which was the reverse order of the placement of the corps.  (The corps placed in the order that they are listed above.) 

Take a look – and enjoy!

http://mwbeck.smugmug.com/DCI-Drum-Corps

Too long away…

Wow!  It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here on my blog.  Sorry about that.  Things have been really, really hectic here for a while.  I appreciate your patience and I’m hoping to get back on track.  And in that spirit, check out my next post!

Mississippi Kid Festival & Lynyrd Skynyrd Band

I finally got around to posting my photos from the Mississippi Kid Festival here in Columbus MS back in 2009.  The event was held as a fundraiser for Ean Evans – Mississippi Kid in the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band – and his family.  He died of cancer soon after the concert event. Click the link below and enjoy the photos!

http://mwbeck.smugmug.com/Events/Mississippi-Kid-Festival/12658702_rHKcu#916423482_ycBUM

Star Trek – TMP Music Score

I just came across an interesting post on the TrekMovie.com web site about a 175-page thesis written in 1986 by Cameron N. Patrick, analyzing Jerry Goldsmith’s musical score for Star Trek – The Motion Picture.  Cameron Patrick is a composer, orchestrator, and violinist.  He discusses the history of the score, the instrumentation, themes, cues, and more.  Film Score Monthly has published a downloadable copy of it on their web site, and TrekMovie.com also has a link for downloading a copy.  See the links below.  Check it out!

Anatomy of a Film Score:  Star Trek – The Motion Picture (Cameron N. Patrick, 1986 thesis, http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/features/STTMPThesis.pdf).

(http://trekmovie.com/2010/05/02/great-links-deep-thoughts-on-tmp-score-tos-minimalism-more/).