HUMMINGBIRDS: original video from Andimthedad.com
In June, after seeing a hummingbird in the yard one day, Luke and his grandmother set up a hummingbird feeder just outside our kitchen window. We noticed that it would get several visits every day. Only one or two hummingbirds seem to show up, but they came frequently. Unfortunately, the birds are very skittish, and we could rarely get a good look at them.
A few years ago, I’d received a Kodak Zi6 digital video camera as a Christmas present, but hardly used it. It’s capable of 720p HD video recording and includes a macro switch for close-ups. Add in my $20 camera tripod and voila! — we’ve got a makeshift recording solution. We set the camera at various angles, turned it on, and just recorded for an hour here and there.
After we had 20 hours of video, we sorted through the footage in iMovie. Much of the video was useless. In many cases, the birds avoided the camera entirely; its focal length is rather short (in macro) and so we had to place it in rather intrusive locations around the feeder. Or we had angled the camera badly and the birds were too out of focus. Or there was a truly horrible background noise from a neighbor. In any case, we ended up with about 15 minutes of usable footage, which we trimmed down to this one-minute summary.
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