I've now uploaded the second video to:
In this much longer video, the bird makes its way right along the mud
opposite the southern platform.
It's still heavily compressed despite me compressing it to a reasonable
size while retaining quality before uploading. If anyone can give me
any tips on how to avoid this, I'd appreciate it.
wrote on Thursday, 6 March 2008 10:45
> The water level is now at 1.02m on the depth gauge and
> there's lots and lots of mud visible. I've had plenty of
> easy sightings of Lewin's Rails and Spotless Crakes since my
> last report, except for one evening when it was quite windy.
> A couple of people I've run into there have reported seeing
> Baillon's Crakes (early morning, southern platform) and a
> Spotted Crake (evening, northern platform) but I haven't seen any of
> these myself.
> Deep animal tracks can be seen on the eastern mud flat. A
> fox was seen briefly there a couple of weeks ago, so it may
> be the same animal. No idea if it's coming down to drink or
> to hunt, but the tracks do look a bit like it's been jumping around,
> so maybe the latter.
> This morning around 8am I saw one rail as soon as I arrived
> at the southern platform, immediately to the left of the
> platform. It disappeared as I struggled with my camera, then
> another appeared at the edge of the reeds opposite. I've
> uploaded a short video to YouTube at
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihedHXx6--U. I'm new to
> YouTube and I don't know if I could have done anything to
> avoid the video being so heavily compressed by the site but
> you can still recognize the bird. You can see its chest and
> tail moving as it calls quietly to the first bird (might need
> to turn your sound up), then it dashes into the hole between the two
> reed types.
> I have a much longer video of it moving right along the edge,
> feeding and doing its walk-then-run style of moving, but it's
> bigger than YouTube's size limit so I need to work out how to
> compress it a bit first.
> With high temperatures and no rain forecast for the next week
> it looks like we might have nothing but a puddle in the
> middle soon (only a slight exaggeration).
> Peter Shute
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