Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dizzy dances at dawn



On a very cold morning in early April  the prairie chickens were busy sparing on the lek at Blue Stem Prairie SNA. One bird kept going in circles in front of the blind andbecame the subject of this short video. Later I checked the MN Prairie Chicken Society FB page learning it has been named "Dizzy" and has been seen on the lek for three years.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Taking Flight (slow motion experiment)


 
This is an experiment in time as much as capturing the geese in flight. Except for the last clip everything was slowed to either half or quarter speed. In most cases the eye accepts half speed as real but quarter speed has very limited uses if the illusion of reality is to be maintained.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Snow Geese Blastoff (uncut)


 
Sometimes a video is needed to share the experience, something I have commented on before. To make the still shot work I think a sense of order must be distilled out of the organized chaos of 600,000 or more birds in flight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Snow Geese at 16K

I just returned from Loess Bluffs NWR at Mound City, MO. and was surprised to learn yesterday's count was about 750,000 geese. However, the biggest surprise was quality of images shot at an ISO of 16,000, almost literally shots in the dark. I moved back to Canon after an experiment with Sony and this was its shakedown visit. Both shots recorded using auto focus.

ISO 16,000, 1/8 sec @ f5.6

ISO 16,000, 1/60 sec @ f4.0

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

and then it snowed!

 This weekend I had the opportunity to put a GoPro in the yard and watch the ice melt. With at least 6 inches of new snow I will soon get a chance to fine tune my technique.

Technical: GoPro @ 30 second intervals for 3 hours, auxiliary battery.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Morning Ritual



I made my annual visit to Shakopee last month to see the ducks and swans at Memorial Park, a great way to enjoy a peaceful morning with the birds. While watching I could not help comparing their morning ritual to mine.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pine Marten and Peanut Butter

Everyone loves peanut butter! I'm sure pine martens prefer a hot lunch but will settle for this when MacDonald's is closed. This was the highlight of my second trip this year to Sax Zim Bog.  The red pail handle is an indication of the chaotic feed placement at this location.