Re: Nighttime Birds
Walter Knapp <>
Mon, 30 Jun 2003 22:00:58 -0400
Rich Peet wrote:
> Nite birding last night was a success. 3 for 3.
> LeConte Sparrow at 10 feet
> Nelson's Sharptailed Sparrow at 30 yards
> Yellow Rail at 30 yards but we failed in being able to hold the bird.
> In search of the yellow rail at midnight.
> In MN which is known for being the land of 10,000 lakes actually has
> more. Some lakes do die though. A dead lake is grown over into a
> wet bog where the ground under you bounces as you walk on the dead
> vegetation under the shallow water within. Sometimes you would sink
> and your legs were not long enough to bring yourself back up to the
> bed level. The grasses vary from chest level to above your head.
> Attached is a 5 meg download for those with fast connections. It was
> edited for adult content and this 5 min segment covers about 1 1/2
> hours in the water in search of audio and video of the Yellow Rail.
> None of us were sure we were all going to make it out before dawn.
> Our overall attitude was very good considering the danger we got
> ourselves into. But we got the bird audio but no bird in hand video
> this time.
Thanks Rich, sounds absolutely fun! I've been in that type of marsh.
Love places like that!
The first time I recorded frogs was on a herp foray. One of the tracks
was where the entire group went out into a swamp at night to get at some
barking treefrogs. Lots of sloshing around in the grass and brush in
about 2' of water filled with calling frogs. The x rated noises from me
when I stepped into a posthole (or something of that shape). Wide enough
to just fit my leg, deep enough for all of it. And I had recorder and
mic in one hand, and digital camera in the other. Neither recorder or
camera got wet. I'm not sure how I did it, but I managed to get out by
myself. The barking treefrog on my website on John Jensen's arm was a
photograph I took a few minutes later.
Are we having fun!
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