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Video of Mystery Warbler from Cuba

Mystery Warbler
This mystery warbler was filmed at Guardalavaca, Cuba on January 14, 2002. Is it a Bachman's?

On January 14th, 2002, Manfred Sievert obtained a video of a warbler at Guardalavaca, Cuba that he believes may be of a female Bachman's Warbler. Through a rather lengthy process, this video, which was originally shot on a European Hi-8 format, has been digitized and made available for review at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Experts who have viewed the video, including Arturo Kirkconnell who was visiting from Cuba, believe that the video is intriguing, but inconclusive. We now invite comments from other birders, especially those with experience with winter warblers in Cuba and the Caribbean, and those in a position to compare these images with museum specimens. Unfortunately, no additional field notes are available from the photographer -- after video-taping the bird, he concluded from field guides that it was possibly a female Bachman's Warbler. Obviously, if the warbler can be determined conclusively to represent a Bachman's, this would be highly significant, as it would represent confirmed evidence that this species is not extinct.

The first four video clips show the warbler foraging in a mangrove. these clips show the bird in real-time, they have been de-interlaced to improve their appearance on computer monitors.

Below, three of the four clips are displayed as a series of jpegs (image sequence) playing at 15 frames per second, giving the appearance of slow-motion.

All comments are welcome, and feel free to discuss on appropriate listservs -- please send comments to Ken Rosenberg, Cornell Lab of Ornithology,

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