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Playing with birds with the GoPro

I found an interesting use for the GoPro: taking pictures of baby pigeons.

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Although adorable, they seem to like trying to peck anything that comes near them (including cameras).  The hard case of the GoPro made the perfect anti-pecking shield, and allowed for me to get some close up pictures of the little babies.

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The pigeons tended to come a bit close to the GoPro for it to be able to focus well on them.  They also moved quite fast, which again caused more blur.  It would be nice if I could have a range of miniature, hard-cased cameras.  I’d like one for close-ups, and another that takes “normal” pictures (i.e. no fish-eye).  Still, the GoPro is better for these applications than nothing!  I was also surprised by how well the baby pigeon “chirping” could be heard through the case.

I was also able to use the GoPro to get a video of David the European Kestrel hovering.  He’s been trained to hover above your finger when you point in the air, and is pretty great at it:

However, I think that my DSLR is a better tool for taking pictures of him in flight

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