Saturday, August 9, 2014
Slo-Motion Friday - 08 Aug 2014
I will write a post in my Digiscoping Blog describing the setup and performance in a bit.
I spooked a pair of Virginia Rails as I rode north along the dike separating Bloody Run and Long Pond Units. Marsh Wrens were calling in the cattail rich marsh, while young Wood Ducks were scattering at my approach.
As I approached the NW corner of the Vermet Unit from the North Causeway I spotted a large dark bird sitting on a dirt mound in the corner. It took off and started flying south, and at first I thought it might be the Marbled Godwit reported last weekend. Wings were pointy and the flight didn't look quite right for Northern Harrier. It wasn't until it took a swipe at a passing Ring-billed Gull that I realized that it was a juvenile Peregrine Falcon. As it passed over the south end of the Vermet Unit a second Peregrine joined it and the two tussled in the sky for several minutes before continuing south. Cool!
I headed in the same direction along the dike separating Vermet and Long Pond Units and then took the Middle Causeway east toward the Banana. From there I headed back north toward Cell 5 where I found a single Snowy Egret foraging next to the disappearing mud flat (high water). After looping around Cell 5 I headed toward Cell 3 where I ran into Andrew Sturgess.
In slow motion one sees that the adults tend to sweep the water side-to-side more often, while the juvenile (in this case) did more probing and picking.
I really like the slow-motion video capture of the Nikon V3. I think it will be a great tool for documenting some of the rare birds that pass through this way. Time to head home and make so final tweaks to the digiscoping rig.