Saturday, February 20, 2021

Long-tailed Shrike at Maambal Orchard (in 4K)

Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach, resident) 

Habitat - Open country and scrub. 

Size - 9.50 inches total length Shooting 

Info - filmed in habitat at Maambal Orchard, Pangasinan, Philippines on February 20, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod + shotgun microphone, manual focus, manual exposure in available light, recorded and processed at 4K/29.97p.

 


 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Flowerpecker Macro (in 4K)

This is most probably the same individual I filmed last February 14, 2021 - https://youtu.be/ptRI7AFWoJI, seeing this fellow's misaligned mandibles. The total length of this bird is a mere 4 inches from tip of bill to tip of tail. So, when viewed at 4K in a large screen, its image will be many times life-size. 

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Red-keeled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum australe, a Philippine endemic) 

Habitat - Canopy of forest, edge and flowering trees. 

Size - 4 inches total length 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 17, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod + shotgun microphone, manual focus, manual exposure in available light, 4K/25p.

 


 

Woodpecker's Long Preening Session (in 4K)

Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos maculatus, a Philippine endemic, aka Philippine Woodpecker) 

Habitat – Lowland and montane forest and edge, in understory and canopy. 

Size - 5.5 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 17, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod + shotgun microphone, manual exposure in available light, recorded and processed at 4K/25p.

 


 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Green Sandpiper at Bued River... a Lifer! (in 4K)

For over a week now, I wasn't motivated enough to sit down and edit the footage of this sandpiper species. I thought it was just a Wood Sandpiper, a very common migratory bird.

Then, during a casual browsing of the clips, I noticed that the bird is way much larger than a Common Sandpiper when the two were caught in the same frame. The CSP is 8 inches in total length, while the WSP is 8.25 inches. 

I brought out my Kennedy Guide, and started to examine the new bird's features that are not color related (my color blindness prevents me from discerning color differences). Aside from the larger size, the white eyebrow is very short, hinting that it might be a Green Sandpiper. I then went through one of the footage to see if the tail barring is visible. Voila, the distinct tail barring (which differentiates it from the WSP) can be seen!

This bird is a lifer for me. 😊

(Thanks to Desmond Allen for confirming the ID.)

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Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus, migrant) 

Habitat - Uncommon in freshwater marshes, particularly in wet drainage ditches and on the shores of small ponds. 

Size - 9.50 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 3, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod, manual exposure in available light, recorded at 4K/29.97p, processed to 4K/23.976p (80% slow motion).

 



Thursday, February 11, 2021

Common Sandpiper at Bued River (in 4K)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos, migrant) 

Habitat - Common along the shores of wide variety of wetlands. 

Size - 8 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 7, 2021, Sony RX10 IV, fluid head + tripod + shotgun microphone, manual exposure in available light, recorded at 4K/29.97p, processed to 4K/23.976p (80% slow motion, 2.4:1 aspect ratio).

 


 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

White Wagtail (rare migrant to the Philippines)

Just a brief documentary/record clip of this rare visitor to our islands. 

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba, rare migrant) 

Habitat - Rare, in open country, ricefields, and pastures on the ground at all elevations. 

Size - 7.50 inches total length 

Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, February 7, 2021, Sony RX10 IV + tripod/fluid head + shotgun mic, manual exposure in available light, 4K/29.97p capture cropped to 1080/23.976p.

 


 

Nesting Philippine Nightjar (in 4K)

Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis, a Philippine endemic) 

Habitat - Uncommon in scrub, second growth and pine forest up to 2000 m. 

Size - 9.50 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Maambal Orchard, Pangasinan, Philippines on February 6, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod + shotgun microphone, manual focus, manual exposure in available light, 4K/29.97p.

 


 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Preening in Golden Light (in 4K)

Red Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica, male) 

Habitat - Open country or lawns. 

Size - 9 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 4, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod, manual exposure in available light, recorded at 4K/29.97p, processed to 4K/23.976p (80% slow motion). 

 Music - Exhale, by Jeremy Blake.

 


 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Little Ringed-Plover at Bued River (in 4K)

Little Ringed-Plover (Charadrius dubius, breeding plumage) 

Habitat - Common, from ricefields to river beds. 

Size - 6.50 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 3, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod, manual exposure in available light, recorded at 4K/29.97p, processed to 4K/23.976p (80% slow motion).

 


 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Sunbird Serenades the Moon (in 4K)

Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis, resident, male) 

Habitat - Common lowland sunbird. 

Size - 4.50 inches total length. 

Shooting Info - filmed in habitat at Bued River, La Union, Philippines on February 1, 2021, Nikon Coolpix P1000, fluid head + tripod + shotgun microphone, manual focus, manual exposure in available light, 4K/29.97p.

 


 

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