Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Grey Heron hunting... he was patient... I was patient..... how patient are you?

Patience is a wonderful thing to have... and Herons have it in abundance.

Sundays stroll along my local river was the first time this year I had packed the camcorder.
I was so pleased I had it with me... and I also took my tripod... a steady cam produces the best images.

As I reached the water at Marshalls Arm I spotted a Grey Heron hunting on the far bank.
I slowly extended the legs of my tripod not wanting to make a sound... carefully unzipped my backpack to remove the camcorder...unzipped the case, took it out and fitted it onto the tripod all the while expecting the bird to have flown before I was ready... a guy walking his dog off it's lead passed behind me and the heron still didn't flinch.

This clip is just 1minute 38 seconds long... a taster of my forthcoming video.
 It wasn't quite a taster for the Heron in this clip.


He shows his patience... I show mine... and if you make the time to view the clip you will have shown yours.
I am (slowly) putting a short film together of things seen during my walk along the River Weaver.
Please scroll down to read the last two posts...to see more about my lovely walk.

To see more wonderful birds click on the image below to view.
World Bird Wednesday LXIX

35 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

great splash, but looks like he came up empty! :) love these great birds.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Wonderful video! I needed some virtual birding today (and some virtual patience).

I am starting to lust for a video camera.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful video Andrew.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was wonderful. He seemed so catlike in his stalk. It appears the camera changed the hue at 36 seconds. Any reason why it would do that? Now you have upped the bar for me for movie making.

Sandra said...

i am lacking in patience, but i did take the time to see if he got his fish and he did. i have seen them at the beach with a fish that looked to big to swallow, they just go GULP and down the hatch and it leaves a big lump going down in the throat. but i have never captures a video of one.

Carletta said...

Andrew - a wonderful video. So glad you had the patience and could share this with us. I was anticipating the action and then when he went in the water and sautered away empty handed (I believe) I had to smile!
I love your still image as well. It's a lovely reflection shot!

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shot and video!
I think it looks like he came up empty, too.
Thanks for sharing.

Gary said...

Great video, Andrew. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Chatty Crone said...

I love that photo! sandie

Carole M. said...

Andrew it was so interesting to read your post and see your latest video too; yes patience on both sides of the camera. I know that feeling when someone walks by your cache' and breaks the peace. So glad you stuck with it and I was really hoping that dive into the waters edge was going to produce a big fish. At least you captured it in action. I could imagine the marionette handler standing above manipulating the strings there for the earliest part. Look forward to your update videos in the making; well done!

Jim Deans said...

Patience is required, I've got one on YouTube where I'd waited a long while, but eventually got a small fish being swallowed.

joo said...

This video is delightful, Andrew! I also love your new header:)

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Wonderful video Andrew. I had a feeling halfway through that he was going to dive into the water for a fish, to bad his patience was a waste of time!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

For him...not you! :)

Frank said...

Nice clip Andrew ... definitley worth the wait.

mick said...

Great photo and video. btw - no patience required to watch your video - just lots of patience required with a very very slow net connection! And it's supposed to be Broadband :-(

eileeninmd said...

HAHA, that was funny! I do not think I have ever seen the heron just fall in over its prey. I guess I see the more experienced herons hunting for their food. Great photo and video.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful bird.

Regards and best wishes

MoiCLouLou said...

I really enjoyed that! Your title is perfect...
Thank you for sharing!
Louise

Helene said...

That was fantastic...well done. For a few seconds there I really didn't think the video was running...the heron was not only patient but in complete control of his movements...steady as a rock like your tripod!

Gillian Olson said...

Really enjoyed the video with the various changes of position and then than great dive. Thanks.

Jean said...

Outstanding footage Andrew!!!
Thanks for being patient.:)
Your grey looks much like our blue heron.

cieldequimper said...

I take it that was a late brunch? ;-)

Magia da Inês said...

Amei.
Boa quarta-feira!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.

✿✿
♪º° ✿

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love herons - such beautiful birds!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great video - I must admit I was concentrating on the bird calls in the background - nice to hear some of those calls again!

Stewart M

NatureFootstep said...

a great bird taht is wintering here. At least some of them.

holdingmoments said...

Love the video Andrew. Great to watch these birds.

JM said...

Fantastic video! NG at its best. :-)

Bryan said...

Nice video. You both show incredible patience.

Springman said...

All that and no fish? That is one frustrated heron!

Nature Rambles said...

You do have a lot of patience. It'll be lovely to see the film...with so many birds in that area.

Pat said...

Great video! It's sad to see him come up empty.

Cheryl said...

No wonder it was patient: food! Great vid & shot.

Rambling Woods said...

I know what you mean about U-tube...I use a free program to resize the videos if that would help... Freemake Video Converter. Love the heron and they are so patient...Michelle