BICA Moment: Beyond looking and photographing birds

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“Kodak Moment” has been in use for more than five decades by Eastern Kodak Company LINK. This is defined as “a moment worthy of capturing with a photograph, especially an adorable moment.” As Kodak fades into the sunset with the advent of digital photography, “Kodak Moment” has been giving way to “National Geographic Moment.”

According to National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman LINK, this is when a photographer captures an image that is “…large, loud and in your face. They can also be soft, gentle, and intimate.”

BICA (Bird, Insects N Creatures Of Asia) photographers are also seeking out their moments in their activities. We suggest that “BICA Moment” be referred to an exciting capture of a unique bird behavior (images or video) rather than simply an exciting portrait of a bird.

Tree swift... (Photo credit Wong Weng Fai)
Grey-rumped Treeswift incubating egg… (Photo credit Wong Weng Fai)

Our ideal “BICA Moment” would be something like what Wong Weng Fai’s video clip provided evidence of cooperative breeding among the local population of Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis) LINK.

Tanimbar Corella using "tool" to get at the coconut flesh (Photo credit: And Siew Siew)
Tanimbar Corella using “tool” to get at the coconut flesh inside (Photo credit: And Siew Siew)

The second example of “BICA Moment” is by Ang Siew Siew who captured a Tanimbar Corrella (Cacatua goffini) using “tool” to get at the flesh of a coconut LINK 1 and LINK 2.

There may be more moments by BICA members that we may have missed. If so, would appreciate if we are alerted.

YC Wee & Jeremiah Loei
14th June 2017

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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