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Old August 22nd, 2018, 06:39 PM   #1
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The Biggest Week in American Birding

I was fortunate to be able to attend this event in Northwest Ohio this last May on an assignment for the American Bird Conservancy. I had a blast, both being there and filming a part of it at Magee Marsh. All shot with a GH4.
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Old August 23rd, 2018, 05:25 AM   #2
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Re: The Biggest Week in American Birding

Nice stuff Don but not my scene! Snappers too bloody noisy so don't mix with videographers who silent(ish) or should be.

I do fancy though one of those spring warbler rushes you get in N America. No equivalent in Europe.

Looks as if the US has, maybe pioneered, lots of "birding (or bird photography) as a retirement hobby" types.

No more the clock or silver salver or Swiss watch when you retire, it's a 500 Canon.

Giveaway with bird-snappers is a big lens but no bins.

Ron

ps, Magee's name of a long gone nice little local brewery. Pronounced as in "Maggies" rather than as in "McGie"s".

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Old August 28th, 2018, 08:28 AM   #3
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Re: The Biggest Week in American Birding

Hi Don, thanks for posting, not heard from you for quite a while.

Gatherings like this are very important and certainly show how popular and important birding is. We have a big show over here called "The birdfair"


Again great to hear from you,

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Old August 28th, 2018, 11:10 AM   #4
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Don - Watched this video but the one I liked was another one you made, "Pelican Feeding Frenzy - Ventura Harbor". Mid film is a still shot with two pelicans that really stood out - nice one. The aft wing feathers were flared out just like an aileron on a plane's wing during a landing.

Your caption was a good explanation about what was happening. That the birds were feeding on the anchovies as they moved into shallow water (and one can see the navigation buoys) where the anchovies hoped to escape predator fish, and then they get decimated from the air! I feel for them, it's like there's no place to hide! Getting it from all sides.

Another one of the still shots shows how well a pelican aligns their body up for a deep penetration dive, stretching their beak and neck out to the maximum.
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