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2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 01 8:23 pm
by BirdingBC
Last year, we managed to film 143 species and that is a very good start for the first year of the video challenge. This year I am hoping that we can film 200 species or more.

2022 BC Birding Video Challenge

For this challenge, your assignment is to film each of the BC Bird species, from common birds to rare species. Shoot a 10sec - 1min in length video and upload it to YouTube. When you are ready to share, reply to this thread. Use the BBcodes (YouTube) to have your video show up in your posting (viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2852)

Some criteria for the challenge:
  • Bird filmed in 2022.
  • Besides filming the bird, try to capture its song or call or location ambience!
  • Bonus points to capture both male and female of a species.
  • Tight zoom in not necessary, capture the bird in its habitat doing something! (eg. Harrier hunting in a field)
  • Try to create a stable video, cut out the blurred or jumpy parts.
  • High end camera not necessary. Create videos with your smartphone! (birds at a feeder, duck pond, etc.)
  • Finally, tell us a bit about where the bird was filmed. Share a bit of context.
2022 BC Bird Video checklist:
Video Checklist Google Doc

We will use a Google Spreadsheet checklist to help track which BC birds have been filmed for the challenge. If you have a Google account and would like access to help update the list (add contributed videos), just request access to edit the doc!

On a final note, a friendly reminder that this video challenge is all in good fun. There is no prizes, just pride and recognition that you helped build the set. Let's always be mindful and considerate towards the welfare of the bird when trying to get the shot.

Bird Photography Rules
Audubon's Guide to Ethical Birding Photography
Guidelines for Owl Photography

Have fun and Good Birding!

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 01 8:35 pm
by BirdingBC
Song Sparrow


Hairy Woodpecker


Both these birds were at Rithet's Bog in Victoria. What I was not able to capture was the hundreds of American Robin that were coming in the roost in the bog for the evening. I estimate there were 500-2000 robins in the conservation area. Hard to count as many were deep in trees, or down on the grown near small ice-free puddles and other moving water spots.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 02 10:38 am
by northvanrob
Nice Song Sparrow video! The Hairy Woodpecker video says "This video is Unavailable!"

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 04 8:22 pm
by BillGyles
Merlin.
I am glad we did not believe the snow warnings and went to Buttertubs Marsh. The first thing we saw was this Merlin fly from the top of a dead oak and come back with a House Finch.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 04 9:06 pm
by BillGyles
BillGyles wrote: Jan 04 8:22 pm Merlin.
I am glad we did not believe the snow warnings and went to Buttertubs Marsh. The first thing we saw was this Merlin fly from the top of a dead oak and come back with a House Finch.
Comparing to Sibley's, this bird looks more more like a female Taiga subspecies than Pacific.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 06 2:56 pm
by BillGyles
Spotted Towhee at Buttertubs Marsh, Jan 4. It looks like it is trying to extract seeds from a cone-like seed body.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 07 7:00 pm
by BillGyles
Double-Crested and Pelagic Cormorants at Neck Point, near Nanaimo. A cold and windy but beautiful day. The cormorants were on a rock much closer to the shore than usual.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 07 7:04 pm
by BillGyles
Harlequin Ducks at Neck Point. They didn't stay long on the surface so I cut out the time underwater.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 07 7:48 pm
by BillGyles
Golden Crowned Kinglets at Neck Point. I tried zooming in closer but could not keep the bird in the frame.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 09 8:24 pm
by BillGyles
Short-Billed Gull (Mew Gull) at Cedar by the Sea, near Nanaimo. It seems to have a long bill for a 'Short-Billed' Gull. I think it is eating nereid worms.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 10 9:21 pm
by BillGyles
Trumpeter Swans at Hemer Park, Cedar, Vancouver Island.
These swans were more difficult to film than the ones in the fields, but they look more wild this way.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 13 10:42 pm
by BillGyles
Peregrine Falcon at Dike Trail, Duncan.
This falcon killed a Coot (at least that's what it looks like) while I was filming some gulls, causing them to take off in a hurry. The video is a bit overlong, but I didn't want to cut much out.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 14 7:29 am
by BirdingBC
Great start to the year Bill! Nice capture of the Peregrine!

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 14 10:22 am
by BillGyles
Thanks Kevin. I'm really glad you started this challenge, but I had a new hard drive.

Re: 2022 Birding BC Video Challenge

Posted: Jan 14 8:54 pm
by BillGyles
Male American Kestrel at the Dike Trail, Duncan. Filmed right after the Peregrine. It looks like a raptor's life is hard on tail feathers.
(btw, yesterday I should have written 'I had to buy a new hard drive'.)