what about digital videos? and Raptors

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Subject: what about digital videos? and Raptors
From: "Andy & Shirley Krajewski" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 20:28:31 +0930
I have a digital video camera and I have a great deal of fun trying to get
decent footage of birds, but they are useful in identification only if you
get good recordings of the call or if the bird is close to you. Only very
expensive cameras have good optical zooms - most have digital zoom which
gives a terrible picture quality. If you need major zoom to ID the bird, you
would be better off spending the time looking at it through your binoculars
and taking note of its features. If the bird is still around, then try for
video footage!

On the subject of raptors, a couple of mornings ago I watched a pair of
Hobby Falcon select breakfast from the flock of Tree Martins over the Murray
River. They selected an individual and then took turns at going for it. The
martin easierly evaded the first few attempts, but the persistant attacks
from the alternating falcons soon wore it out and it became breakfast - but
I never saw if the meal was shared by the falcons.

Shirley Krajewski
South Australia

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