Because a slideshow worked better

So, a pair of recent photo outings netted remarkably similar photo sequences, and putting them all up in a post would have made it disturbingly long, so I opted to make a slideshow/video. This also served as further wringing out of the new Linux operating system, to see if I could perform all of the functions necessary. Seems to have worked out well enough.

The players, in order of appearance:

Canada geese, Branta canadensis

Red-shouldered hawks, Buteo lineatus

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

Red-headed woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus

I will take this opportunity to (once again) stress the development and utilization of some basic skills, all of which came into play to permit these images.

Listen – And know your species calls. Your ears can often tell you when something is about to happen, and allow you to be prepared.

Use your peripheral vision – A tiny flash of movement or color is sometimes all you’ll have, but it can tell you where and when to seek a better vantage. The osprey, for instance, was first spotted from under a full forest canopy when it passed against a tiny patch of open sky, and that movement in turn pointed out the nest.

Patience – It should go without saying, but sometimes you have to wait around for something interesting to happen.

Switching subjects for a moment, I’ll note that this time around, the video editing package was OpenShot, largely because HitFilm isn’t available for Linux. Worked very well and was pretty much a breeze to set up the slideshow, but I already had the images edited and sized and the audio recorded, so…

I’ve got a few more images from the same sessions to put up, which I’ll hopefully get around to soon – maybe even later on today since I have the time. If not, well, they’ll be along shortly.

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