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NATURE VIDEOS
 
     
  Heron Kills Four Gophers in a Row
(4 min)
 
     
WalkingStick

Ever wonder why fish-eating herons and egrets are often seen standing in fields? This video provides some clues. This Great Blue Heron caught and killed four gophers in a row without a miss! Two gophers were swallowed and two were left uneaten. The first gopher was quite large and took some effort and lubrication from a water puddle to swallow. Herons have been known to choke to death while trying to swallow large prey, but not this time.

I was surprised to see the heron continue to hunt and kill more gophers than it ate. I suspect that it enjoyed hunting for fun as well as for food. I filmed the heron for about 90 minutes in the late afternoon. I don't know how many gophers the heron may have caught before I arrived at the scene.

 
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  California's Largest Wildfire: 3 Weeks after
(4 min)
 
     
WalkingStick

These images were recorded three weeks after the Cedar Fire of October, 2003 in Harbison Canyon, one of many locations hit hard by the fire. Currently, the Cedar fire is the largest wildfire in recorded California history. It damaged or destroyed 2,820 buildings including 2,232 homes, and killed 15 people. I happened to be in the area on a trip, and decided to explore the impact of the fire. As I took the photos, tears were often running down my face as I witnessed the destruction and imagined the sudden losses of so many people. The images you see are just a fraction of the damage that resulted from the Cedar fire.

 
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  Cool Pooch Carries Bed to Fireplace!
(45 sec)
 
     
WalkingStick

This smart Weimaraner knows how to stay warm on a chilly winter day. He just grabs his bed from another room and carries it to the fireplace where he can take a toasty nap!

 
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  Egret Struggles to Swallow Big Gopher
(2 min, 40 sec)
 
     
WalkingStick

This egret failed to swallow the gopher on its first attempt. It took about 9 minutes to completely swallow the large gopher that it caught. This video condenses the struggle to about 3 minutes. It doesn't show the last 3 minutes where the bird mainly still and rested from the struggle. It used gravity very well to help move the gopher towards its stomach. The dark circular marks on the egrets stretched throat at 1;44 - 2:05 appear to be the front and hind feet of the gopher!

 
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  Dog Acts Like Ostrich
(1 min)
 
     
WalkingStick

If someone asked you "What animal is associated with putting its head in the ground?" you would likely say an ostrich.Our Border Terrier, Alfie, is acting like the proverbial ostrich. He is a determined little guy!  He loves challenges. In this video, shot along the SF Bay trail in Miller Knox Park, Richmond, CA., Alfie faces a big challenge that he is eager to take on-- trying to catch a gopher by plunging his face into its hole!

This gopher was luckier then the 4 previous ones I filmed only a few hundred yards away. Those four unfortunate rodents were stalked and killed by a much more skillful Great Blue Heron.

 
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Catching Tons of Herring in the SF Bay
(6 min)


 
     
WalkingStick

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Bay herring run "is the last urban fishery in the United States in which people can actually sit on shore and watch commercial boats haul in the squiggling fish" (http://tinyurl.com/ltqpfg8). I was very lucky to film the fishermen close-up from only a few feet away along the SF Bay trail in Richmond, Ca. This video documents the commercial herring fishermen during the 2013 fishing season. It records how the nets are set; how predators compete for the fish, and what happens on the boats during a successful harvest.

 
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Close-up of Walking Stick Insect
(40 sec)


 
     
WalkingStick

Here are some video and close up images of the Walking Stick Insect I photographed in Pt. Richmond, California. It was about 5" long. Walking Stick insects are fairly common in our neighborhood but hard to see due to their camouflage. They remind some people of Praying Mantises; however, unlike the former, Walking Sticks are herbivores. For more info check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasmatodea. Here is a great link to a close up video of a different kind of Walking Stick feeding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQKsLyKA05s.

 
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Close-up of Sea Otter Eating Live Crab
(50 sec)


 
     
OtterEatsCrab

I was walking along the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey, Ca. when I filmed this amazing site with a Panasonic Lumix FZ35 point and shoot camera from about 15' away. I felt sorry for the crab being eaten alive, but such is natures way.
This pier is an amazing place to watch a huge variety of wildlife including herons, pelicans and seals. The sound is ambient as recorded on the pier.

 
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SloMo Dogs at Pt. Isabel
(7 min)


 
     
Western Bluebird

Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, California is an award-winning park offering activities for humans as well as dogs. Here is a small sampling of dogs being dogs in one of their favorite places. The slow motion footage helps reveal their facial expressions and movements that can be difficult to see when they are moving at full speed. For more information about this amazing park, go to http://www.ebparks.org/parks/pt_isabel.

 
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BukayMedia on CBS News
(2.5 min)


 
     
Western Bluebird

Fisherman, waterfowl, and seals aren't the only ones interested in the recent herring population increase in the San Francisco Bay. Area chefs and news reporters are also paying attention. While researching his "California Herring Population On Upswing" story, outdoor reporter Don Ford of CBS Channel 5 News contacted me after watching my 2011 YouTube video, "Gulls Gone Wild!" This short film captured massive numbers of waterfowl feasted on, and fighting over, the fish eggs left left behind by that year's spawning herring along the shores of Point Richmond, CA. After watching the video, the reporter figured I knew something about the herring and thought that I might be able to help with his story. We met at my studio for an interview and to review some of the footage I shot of this year's herring run.

 
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Egret Catches and Manipulates Fish in Slow Motion
(1.5 min)


 
     
Western Bluebird

This egret is a finely-tuned killing machine! Over the past few months I've seen it catch and eat gophers, a lizard, and lots of fish. Whether on landscapes or in water, it rarely misses its prey with its dagger-beak! Patience and laser-like focus knows no bounds while stalking its doomed prey.

In this footage recorded at the Miller Knox Regional Park in Point Richmond, CA, the egret happens to line-up with extraordinary lighting conditions during the magic-hour of late afternoon. Bright bands of reflected light from ripples shimmer up and down its body reminding me of the color tricks that octopus and squid display on their bodies. The shimmering beauty of this unexpected natural light show is yet another example of the many rewards and benefits of hiking and observing nature along the San Francisco Bay trail.

 
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Western Bluebird

Blue Birds & Hair
(1.5 min)

The woman with blue hair walked by as I was filming bluebirds! Over the years I would occasionally spot Western Bluebirds on sunny afternoons in Miller Knox Regional Shoreline Park in Point Richmond on my frequent walks. However, I had a difficult time consistently locating them. They are small birds--about the size of a sparrow. This winter, I decided to make a concerted effort to locate them and film them. After several hikes, I found a small flock of about eight Bluebirds spending the late afternoon in an off-limits fenced in area between the Ferry Point fishing pier and the picnic area. That is where I was able to get most of the video shots for this movie. I am continually amazed with the immense diversity and beauty of the wildlife that live in the Point Richmond area.

 
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Red Fox Along the Bay Trail in Richmond, CA
(1 min)

 
     
Red Fox Along the Bay Trail in Richmond, CA

I encountered this red fox while walking around the Landfill Loop Trail at Garbage Mountain. I was surprised to see the fox out in mid day. It appeared to be hunting for rodents such as gophers and mice.

The Landfill Loop Trail incorporates fantastc views of San Pablo Bay, Wildcat and San Pablo Creeks with remarkable examples of industrial water conservation and reuse, resource recovery, electrical generation, recycling and recreation.

Click for a trail guide and additional information.

 

 
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Spider Web Construction in Slow Motion
(2 min 27 sec)

 
     
Spider Web Construction in Slow Motion

This is a slow motion and normal speed close-up movie of a common garden spider building a web. I thought the web-building process was amazing before I grabbed my camera--but even more so after I slowed down the footage to 10% of normal speed! So fast and efficient is this spider as it extracts silk from its abdomen, shifts its grip on the silk fibers from claw to claw, measures distances, and creates just the right amount of tension to keep the web taut. And the third leg from the front on the spider's left side appears to be missing it's foot! Of great interest to me was how the spider attached the silk fiber at each junction.

In case you are wondering what the white stuff that the spider is chewing on at the end, it is pieces of silk that it cleaned up from the old web that it is recycling.

 
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Gulls Gone Wild: Point Richmond, CA Herring Run
(6 min 30 sec)

 
     
Gulls Gone Wild: Point Richmond, CA Herring Run

This music video is an initial attempt to document the beauty, exuberance, and chaos of this natural history experience along the Bay Trail in Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in Point Richmonc, CA. The herring first came to Point Richmond on (or shortly before) February 4, 2011 to spawn after commercial roe fishing boats reached their limits allowing successive runs throughout the month. Harbor seals and sea lions came to eat the herring; then the gulls and diving ducks came to feast on the carpets of eggs that covered the kelp, eelgrass, pier pilings, and rocks along the shore. This documentary covers about 10 days of the event.

Click Caviar for the Birds to view still photography of the event.

 
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  Will Juggle for Food!
(1 min)
 
 
Will Juggle for Food!

This immature Black-crowned Night Heron juggles a small fish with its beak to separate the meat from the moss. The bird was hunting at dusk in the lake in Miller Knox Regional Park along the San Francisco Bay Trail, Point Richmond, CA. Several adult Black-crowned Herons roost in the trees in nearby downtown Point Richmond. Play video in High Definition for best detail.

 
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Frog Play

Frog Play
(2 min 15 sec)

This frog was obsessed with attacking a flower at the BioPark in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I used to play this game with frogs when I was fishing as a kid. Goofing on a frog was one way to pass the time while waiting for the fish to bite. I am amazed at how far a frog will go away from the water when chasing a small wiggling object that it is programmed to think is food. The frog in this video chased the flower about 5' onto dry land.

 

 
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  The Spider and the Fish
(10 sec)
 
 
The Spider and the Fish

This is a story about a spider and a fish.

 
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