Our Official Website Videographer™, Tara Tanaka, has been back after a journey out West to do more filming. She’s given us a peek at four videos that will soon be on her Vimeo page but are now on her Flickr page. To see these best, go to the Flickr page (click on the video to see the arrow and title appear, and then click on the title to go to the video on Flickr, where you can see it much enlarged).
We just spent a month at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Reserve in New Mexico, and I’ve uploaded 4 videos from there, plus one that is about 20 stills transitioned together – all on Flickr. When I get home and I have the bandwidth I will also upload them on Vimeo, but if you want to link to them on Flickr you are welcome to. It’s a fantastic place, and I have a lot more photos to post when I have time!
Here are the videos with information:
2016-10-31. Flock of twenty-two turkey gobblers eating grass seed (and one with a fear of frogs)
We were fortunate to come across a large flock of gobblers yesterday in perfect light, and with the 1000mm of my digiscoping system I was able to stay far enough away from them to keep from spooking them. I had no idea that this was how they eat seed – it was fascinating to watch and film. When they went down to the water for a drink, it made me laugh when the gobbler jumped when a big frog jumped from in front of him.
I only shoot photos and video using manual focus, and this video of the birds in the tall grass would not have been possible using AF, as the camera would have constantly been trying to focus on the grass in front of the birds.
A windy morning dawns at Bosque del Apache NWR. Dancing on the wind,
Dancing in high winds must be a lot of fun when you have wings.
2016-11-08. Sandhill Cranes—A Time to Dance [a sequence of stills]
I was photographing Sandhill Cranes in flight when I glanced down to see a dance starting right below where I was following a pair of cranes. I quickly focused on the dancing pair and shot a burst of 20 raw photos. I wanted to share more than one, so I combined them into this short video. I’ve never seen Sandhills dance this high in the air.
Digiscoped using manual focus.
2016-11-11 Sandhill Cranes stream across a New Mexico sky
This is but a small taste of what it’s like to be surrounded by Sandhill Cranes arriving at Bosque del Apache NWR, just after sunset. The sounds are as much a part of the experience as the sights. Most of the calling is from birds on the ground, “talking” to and calling in the new arrivals. It’s a truly magical experience.
2016-11-12. There’s always one that stands out from the crowd
Last night I videoed hundreds of Sandhill Cranes arrive on their wintering grounds at Bosque del Apache NWR. When it was almost completely dark and I was photographing silhoutted cranes in the water, I noticed a leucistic Sandhill that looked different from the one I’ve seen a few times at the refuge. This morning when I arrived before sunrise the beautiful crane was among the many gray Sandhills, getting ready to leave to feed for the day. This is definitely a different bird, distinguished by the nude colored skin patches on the legs and face, and by the gray patch on the back of its head.
Digiscoped in 4K using a GH4 + 20mm/1.7 + Digidapter + Swarovski STX85 scope using manual focus.
The Flickr page is also loaded with great photos. Here are but two:
Sandhills at sunrise. Digiscoped before sunrise using manual focus, 1/5s.