Wednesday, 13 January 2016

DODGY VIDEO TIME, SORRY.

This is getting worse then my odds 'n' sods segment. However I thought I would share.
My cycle to and fro to work takes me along a canal path that runs past the back of Storton Gravel Pit Nature Reserve. A fantastic urban reserve. This first video is taken from the tow path and gives an impression of the size Starling murmaration which is getting bigger day by day.
This one is taken from the ring road that runs past the reserve (sorry about the car noise) I would've gone onto the reserve but had my bike so opted not to as I'm not sure they're allowed on. The biggest part of the flock had roosted by the time I cycled round
This a shorter one of them dropping into to roost. Great way to wind down after work.
As always taken using my mobile phone, wonder if I could blag the use of a real video camera?

15 comments:

  1. I have a long way to go to compete with these.

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    1. I have been looking at these and my birds won't do it. Buggers are my birds I'll shove a raptor in that will stir them quick sticks. You think I jest. no, I can make make one bird the enemy.

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    2. Thanks Adrian. I like your murmaration animation I was thinking of it as I filmed this as you got spot on. I reckon you should put a raptor in the reaction of the flock is amazing as it baffles the predator.

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  2. HI Douglas This is wonderful to watch. Perhaps if you turned off the sound of the traffic or as I did put music to the video, it might improve them. A greet way to end a day watching this.

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    1. I think you're right by getting rid of the car noise and overlay a video would improve it but personally what I love about Storton Gravel Pit is that it's urban reserve with all the commotion you have this jewel with all manner of wildlife and was hoping to convey it, though I might try muffling the mic next time though


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  3. A fantastic sight to see Douglas. It looks like they're being poured from a large invisible jug as they drop down into the reeds...brilliant!

    It's not too late for that video camera...still time for a belated Christmas present!!...[;o)

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    1. Too late for video camera I've been a naughty boy this year already so Father Christmas told me to bug off :-)
      I loved that drizzle effect too as they roosted the noise was funny to, just silence so quickly

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  4. I enjoyed the videos, particularly the last one. Incredible creatures! Great video on a mobile puone.

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    1. Thanks Marie, they are amazing to watch.

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  5. It looks really mysterious! They bewitch like fire or water.

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    1. I like that description Peter, it's very true. They do mesmerise the watcher which often is a predator like a sparrowhawk and the flight/murmaration often confuses them

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  6. Yep I agree with other comments Doug, you did really well considering you captured all the action on a phone, well done! On another note ref your previous post, whilst cycling do you carry your 500mm with you? If so how do you approach it?

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    1. Cheers Paul.
      I do use my 500mm when cycling. If I'm cycling to or between spots both camera and lens (attached) go into a Tarmac camera bag (rucksack). If I'm just edging along following a flock on the bike I found I can wedge the tripod arm/mount on the 500mm with the Wimbereley (gimbal mounting plate) wedges onto the handle bar grips, a bit dodgy so don't do it too often.

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  7. Hi Doug. I don't know how I managed to miss this post. I'd seen it there, but thought that I already looked at it and commented. I now see that I'd done neither! Sorry!

    I'm glad that I didn't miss it altogether, however. It might not be professional quality video, but it captures this amazing spectacle beautifully. I wonder what early man would have thought was going on if he saw such a sight? That last clip is wonderful where it looks as if all the birds are being sucked into the ground. It's altogether made my day - well, this and the Brambling that visited us today for the first time this winter!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Not a problem Richard. The Starlings roosting was an amazing sight. I was amazed when they all landed that so many were able to land so quickly without colliding, it was if they just vanished.
      Glad you finally got a Brambling visiting, it's one bird I've missed out on this winter so far

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