A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge #1

While at the refuge to see the Falcated Duck (click on that if you missed the post) I also shot some video of other bird activity which I'll have here throughout the next couple of weeks. Practice makes perfect  for better viewing for you the audience. This first video is just a overview panning the area from the viewing platform. The platform by the way was not a good place to be for taking photos. With people walking about, the movement was transferred up through the tripod and shaking the cameras. Being on solid ground was best for filming and individual shots with the DLSR and long lens. No music this time so you can hear the birds squawking, people talking and cameras clicking thus getting a real sense of the scene.

And where is the Falcated Duck in all of this you ask? He had just motored by and parked himself behind the far off island for a snooze. I had to pee real bad when I arrived. I took care of business and when I walked up to the platform with all my gear, there he was putt-putting across real close and I couldn't get either of my cameras set up and adjusted in time, resulting in crappy shots and no video. The shots I used on the post was after I had made a loop of the refuge and he was further away. Damn bladder!


EG CameraGirl said...

Oh dear! It makes me very crabby when I see a great shot but can't set my gear up fast enough!

Tonight the sun sets here in East Gwillimbury at 4:49...if the sky isn't overcast as it is now. :)

barbara l. hale said...

Nice feeling of being there in this video. Peaceful sanctuary for these great birds!
Hey, I've missed more photo ops than I care to remember and I can't always blame the bladder.

TexWisGirl said...

laughing at your TMI! :)

really enjoyed the video! just seeing a lot of water and a plethora of waterfowl is wonderful, but being able to hear them, too, was great! love watching those stilts walking around in perfect reflection, then seeing the shovelers just mosey on through. :)

Martha Z said...

Great job with the video, Hubby will be impressed. Too often people are careless with the panning.
We have a docent led tour on the 8th at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve and I am hoping the Falcated Duck will still be around at Colusa, we will stop there on the way down.

Janie said...

NICE sounds,good peaceful time for you away capturing the birds and all the glory. your blog is amazing...