Prey capture, chases and flocks: Biomechanics and behavior of free flying birds
May 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Recent advances in camera sensor technology and the maturation of machine vision analysis pipelines now allow for recording bird flight trajectories in the field with high spatial and temporal precision, informing analyses of flight biomechanics and intraspecific interactions.
These include data on high speed, high-G maneuvers impossible to recreate in laboratory apparatus such as wind tunnels as well as simultaneous recordings of the position of > 1000 individuals in bird flocks.
Dr. Hedrick uses these data to explore predator-prey interactions on the wing, latency and flapping kinematics in intraspecific pursuits and comparisons of models and data for large bird flocks.