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Photo Album

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:53 pm
by Hansontoons
How about using this thread as a drop for photos of random stuff so they don't clutter up other topics? Like my hawks...

Hawk action today. The hawk in the close-up had caught a snake along the fairway/creek behind my house. I went inside for the camera, took a couple shots (the bird was too far away for decent pic) and then it took flight as some golfers were advancing. It landed in the tree right above my deck, very convenient for me! It stayed there for a half minute then flew off towards the nest. Both parents are feeding the babies, the in-flight shot was one of them leaving the nest. Info on Red Shouldered Hawks states indicates the difference between female/male birds is that the female is larger. I have not seen both at the nest at the same time, so no idea which one we are seeing here.
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Or if the idea of an album topic is not popular, it can go away.

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:00 am
by Jabberwonky
When are you going to install a little web-cam? (I'll hold the ladder if you need help...)

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:45 am
by DinkyInky
Jabberwonky wrote:When are you going to install a little web-cam? (I'll hold the ladder if you need help...)
Bird-cam! Bird cam!

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:22 pm
by AnotherFairportfan
DinkyInky wrote:
Jabberwonky wrote:When are you going to install a little web-cam? (I'll hold the ladder if you need help...)
Bird-cam! Bird cam!
What about all the cute little spiders?

(I almost typed "What about us grils?")

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:30 pm
by Hansontoons
Hmm... idea of Bird-cam is intriguing. Will have to do some research for system, cost, how it might irritate neighbors or not.

If anyone has recommendation for system, send it on. The camera would be best if it has telephoto ability, if there is such a unit. Uncle Sam owes me some money, so funding may not be an issue.

The nest is up in a pine tree above second floor roof level and one house away from mine, see screenshot. My rooftop vantage point is the smaller circle. Tree with nest is larger circle.

I don't think my neighbor would mind the "intrusion" as there aren't any windows into his house on that side, and nothing of his house would show up in the image anyways.

No photos today, I was away this morning and the weather moved in this afternoon so everyone is grounded.
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Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:32 pm
by Hansontoons
AnotherFairportfan wrote:
DinkyInky wrote:
Jabberwonky wrote:When are you going to install a little web-cam? (I'll hold the ladder if you need help...)
Bird-cam! Bird cam!
What about all the cute little spiders?

(I almost typed "What about us grils?")
I would set up some strategically placed privacy screens if they asked. :D

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:03 pm
by Warrl
DinkyInky wrote:
Jabberwonky wrote:When are you going to install a little web-cam? (I'll hold the ladder if you need help...)
Bird-cam! Bird cam!
I think it would be wise to tell the neighbors you are thinking of doing this, before spending any money on it. If you can't satisfy any privacy concerns they express in a manner that satisfies them, don't do it.

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:01 pm
by Hansontoons
Warrl wrote:
DinkyInky wrote:
Jabberwonky wrote:When are you going to install a little web-cam? (I'll hold the ladder if you need help...)
Bird-cam! Bird cam!
I think it would be wise to tell the neighbors you are thinking of doing this, before spending any money on it. If you can't satisfy any privacy concerns they express in a manner that satisfies them, don't do it.
That step is early on the checklist. :)

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:09 pm
by DinkyInky
There's a few kids I know play with GoPro's. If you set it up right, you can even 'tweet' timed shots and videos for an audience.

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:10 pm
by Hansontoons
Chow time! Snake tartare. These shots are from my second story rooftop. Comparing the nest height with the house next door, I'd need a four story house to be on an even level with the nest. I could see two babies, not sure if more than that.
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Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:08 am
by Jabberwonky
A tall pole and a couple of motorized actuators would be the easy fix...
;)

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:14 pm
by Sgt. Howard
Jabberwonky wrote:A tall pole and a couple of motorized actuators would be the easy fix...
;)
Or cable operated mechanical devices- bicycle brake handles and cables operating the shutter and whatnot...

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:56 pm
by Catawampus
Or just cut about a thirty-foot section out of the tree trunk when the hawks aren't looking.

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:27 pm
by Hansontoons
I got it. Inexpensive, materials are on hand, easy.

And mebbe I'll spring for a mo'bettah telephoto lens, too!
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Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:40 pm
by lake_wrangler
I see nothing wrong here. Go for it! :mrgreen:

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:48 pm
by GlytchMeister
Maybe use nonelastic rope instead of bungee cords? Please?

And if you aren't a Boy Scout or similarly experienced with knots, please find one to either check your lashings or to do them for you.

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:10 pm
by scantrontb
Hansontoons wrote:I got it. Inexpensive, materials are on hand, easy.

your "detail 'A' " parts, need to be on all FOUR corners/legs of the 12 ft. step ladder, not just the two on the far side of the 20 ft ladder... the reason is that with you standing way up there on the 20 extension ladder, your new center of gravity will be placed to the left of the original cener of gravity, right about the same spot horizontally as the left hand ladder legs, if not even FURTHER over the roof from that attachment point, therefore you will need something to hold DOWN the leg of the ladder that you are climbing up on to prevent IT from lifting UP and YOU from going DOWN... that would be a "less than optimal" outcome to say the least...

on the other hand, IF you have your camera set up to take multiple photos in a row, you COULD get an AWESOME "Dolly Zoom" effect as you are falling off the roof, due to your natural "OMG, I'm Falling ...GRAB ONTO SOMETHING!!! " reflex, you will probably KEEP taking those photos, that is at least, until your noggin bounces off the ground and you finally drop the camera... :shock: :D

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:35 pm
by Hansontoons
Hmm. Interesting observations by Glytch and scantronb. I evaluated your concerns and determined what I felt was the best solution to the concerns. See revision 1.

lake wrangler is obviously well-studied in the art of make-do and realizes genius when he beholds such.
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Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:36 pm
by Sgt. Howard
A 'G-6' drone is considerably cheaper than massive reconstructive orthopedic surgery- and you have a better chance of getting your shot as well. Look, I'm just three degrees this side of a rubber room, and what you sketched scares the crap outta me! Do something that keeps your feet on the ground... or inside your home.

Re: Photo Album

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:43 pm
by AmriloJim
I was also going to suggest a drone, but he may want to avoid spooking the subjects with a whizzing-buzzing-what-the-hell-is-this-ugly-hummingbird.