Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Luneau postings index

I'll try to keep this current and near the top of the pile, to make it easier for those who might be interested in tracking my analysis here:

Wingbeat graph
Animation of idealized flying Pileated
Animation of idealized Luneau bird
Luneau in 3D (estimated distances and angles)
Frame-by-frame animation of first 0.6 second of Luneau
Black and white, blurring, pixels, and underwing patterns

In all of this, please try not to comment anonymously. Thank you.


At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, you certainly haven't pissed me off, you are doing a fabulous, very scientific job and I appreciate all your hard work on this. I look forward to more.

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is meticulous and impressive work. I was hoping talented folks like yourself would be able to use the PIWO videos.

Can you conclude anything about relative wing length or flight pattern?

On a humerous note, your work made me wonder if anyone else was looking at the PIWO videos so I googled "nolin video". It turns out there is an actress who starred in the series "Baywatch" with the last name of Nolin who also decided to make a video. It looks like (for some reason) there is a much greater level of interest in her video.

David Nolin

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

Hi David (Nolin) --

Your Pileated videos have gotten a great deal of use by many people for what they reveal about wingbeat rates, flight styles, wing geometry, plumage patterns, etc. "The Nolin Videos" are referred to very often in discussion of the "Luneau Video" by nearly everyone involved. You are famous! Thanks immensely for contributing them.

As for wing length, I think the Luneau images are just too low res and motion blurred to infer much detail about the shape of the bird. People have tried, and disagreed in their conclusions.


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