Friday, August 6, 2010

White-breasted Waterhen

This video is the result of weeks of waiting and observing one single spot near a paddy field in Kurunegala. On the route I've chosen to walk between my workplace and home is a big shallow hole close to a rice field that gets filled by the rain in the rainy season. That's where I saw an opportunity to have a go at a  White-breasted Waterhen(Amaurornis phoenicurus), locally known as Korawakka . But it was no easy task. These birds will remain in the open as long as I leave them alone, but dash in to hiding if I so much as  just look at them. But today in the morning I got lucky with one. Having made a couple of videos, I moved on for work. Although it was pretty hot and humid when m,y work was over, I decided to walk home with out taking a bus, hoping I'd be lucky again. And this time there were two of them. I couldn't get the two together in the video though. Like some scientific information of this bird?   

7 comments:

  1. Great job! Persistence paid off. God bless.

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  2. Hi Amila, do you use a video camera or the video mode on an slr?
    Nice bird

    Cheers

    Davo

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  3. Patience usually pays dividends. Well done Amila.

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  4. It's always great to finally get the chance of seeing a bird! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Hi all,many thanks for your compliments!

    Davo, I use a Panasonic compact digital camera with 8.1 MP resolution and 3x optical and 4.8 digital zoom on still mode and 12x digital zoom on video mode. I hope to get a Canon Powershot S20X IS soon. A DSLR is way beyond my budget though that's the ideal thing for this wildlife stuff.

    dreamfalcon, Welcome to my blog! Hope to see you back soon.

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  6. Interesting bird, it is found only in the subtropical south of Japan where I never venture.........

    If you're looking for new camera I'd think about the Fuji HS10 perhaps.

    A second hand DSLR and a Sigma APO 70-300 could be had for $300-S400 on ebay, the same price as a superzoom and with much better image quality. If it's secondhand it'll be a little old so now video though........

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  7. Hi Stu, I didn't know they were found in Japan at all. Thanks for the camera tips,do you know any reliable vendor to buy a cam/ I'm not sure about buying electronic goods online.

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