Birds DesJardin

the Critter, Bird & Nature Imagery of Don DesJardin

Welcome to my "Critters and Nature Imagery" page. Videos of just about everything else that occurs in the amazing world of nature, but also might be about some special birds. When the birds aren't cooperating, I always try and salvage something out of the day like shooting butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, lizards, and much more. Basically if it moves and it's interesting, I'll point the camera at it. I have always loved the world of macro photography, and now I can do the same thing with video. The close up world of macro allows you to see things and details that are sometimes impossible to observe with your normal eye sight, even if you were fairly close. Remember, when you are out enjoying your local park or a wilderness area, or even if it's only your yard, take a minute and stop, look around, look down, because you might be passing right by an opportunity to see something interesting, and never have known that it was there. Enjoy, and good crittering.



"Wild Birds with the Panasonic GH3"
A short sample of wild birds I captured with the Panasonic GH3 during the last 9 months of 2013 and January 2014. All video was shot FHD 1920x1080 .mov 30p @50Mbps. Lenses used were: Panasonic 45-200mm, Panasonic 100-300mm, Nikon 28-80mm, Nikon 80-400mm, Nikon 400mm. Locations: Ventura County, California & Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial County, California.



"DAWN to DUSK at the SALTON SEA"
The Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR has 826 acres of manageable wetland units, which are managed for resident and migratory bird species such as waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds. In addition, specified impoundments are managed as permanent wetlands to provide critical nesting and year-round habitat for the endangered Yuma Clapper Rail. Refuge wetlands provide nesting habitat for a variety of other species, including the Least Bittern, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet. During the winter up to 30,000 geese, Ross's, Snow, and Canada, and up to 400 Sandhill Crane call the Salton Sea area home. Observing the sight and sounds of 1,000's of geese and 100's of Sandhill Crane leaving at dawn for their day feeding areas, foraging in managed feeding fields, and then returning at dusk to their night roosting sites is hard to describe without being there to see it for yourself.



"HUMMINGBIRDS - Little Jewels Of Flight 2"
A selection of hummingbirds that occur in Ventura County, California either as resident breeders, or seen during their migration in the spring or fall. Species seen in order of appearance are Allen's, Anna's, Black-chinned, Calliope, Costa's and Rufous Hummingbird. All shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Panasonic 100-300mm lens over the last 18 months since I purchased the camera in March 2013. Music: "Time To Run (Finale)" by Dexter Britain



"RED-THROATED PIPIT"
The Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) is a small passerine bird which breeds in the far north of Europe and Asia, with a foothold in northern Alaska. It is a long-distance migrant moving in winter to Africa, Southeast Asia and is a rare winter visitor west coast USA in small numbers. In Ventura County, there has have been 4 birds recorded so far this fall. Normally we are lucky to record one of these rarities every four years. Adults are easily identified in the breeding season by their brick red face and throat, however the magnificent flush of color is all but lost during the winter season and the Red-throated Pipit takes on a more drab appearance, and can be identified by the blackish streaks on the breast and flanks, a boldly patterned back and pink legs. Camera & Lens: Panasonic Lumix GH3 & Panasonic 100-300mm.



"Olive-backed Pipit"
This Asian species is an uncommon vagrant in western Alaska, mostly in the western Aleutians, but semi-regularly on the Bering Sea islands, and accidental to California and Nevada. This bird represents the 3rd documented record for the United States Lower 48 and California's 2nd record. It was found November 1, 2014 at Yorba Regional Park, Orange County, California, USA.