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Old Feb 20, 2010, 8:41 AM   #1
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Default How embarrassing "the pitfalls of wildlife photography"

Today I found out the hard way to check where you walk. I had gone to an area I had not been before to photograph birds. After spending a while in the area I noticed some different birds around a grassy shaded spot. I had the 40D and 100-400L and was walking closer to them all the time. The area is woodland and there are some grassy places with the grass growing a good three feet high in places. I stood in the grass and photographed these fantails. One more step I thought and I will get a better shot, next thing I know the ground gave way and I was falling onto my left side down into what appeared to be just a hole around 4 feet deep or so, the landing was soft with all the grass, THEN I felt the water! I was in a creek. First thing that came to mind was the camera as I sunk further into the water, there was around $4000 worth of equipment in my right hand, the back of the camera was briefly immersed, I raised my hand up quickly (fortunately camera was fine) then I had to try and get out of this mess, risked throwing the camera above me onto the thick grass which was all I could do, then struggle out of the bog, my legs were upwards on the bank and my body downwards. I did get out thankful that no-one was around to see my undignified exit. I drove home saturated. As a kid it was always me who fell in the creeks, seems nothing changes

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Heres what the area looked like, you cant exactly see the hole I made, where I was walking was long grass, but this is what the area is like, I know better now LOL

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Old Feb 20, 2010, 9:14 AM   #2
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Glad you're OK, 'LadyForty. Glad to hear--and see!--that your equipment made it through, too.
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 10:17 AM   #3
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Glad you're OK, 'LadyForty. Glad to hear--and see!--that your equipment made it through, too.
Thanks, yes the camera was my main concern
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Glad you're alright. This is a story, I think, to which we can all relate.
I don't know, I find great dignity in someone who is willing to sacrifice their own well being to save their equipment. At least, I tell myself that every stinking time it happens to me.

BTW, I love the pictures you risk all for. I can see the surprise and concern in the expression of the bird in your first shot. It says, Wow! What just happened?
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 11:58 AM   #5
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As I get older, the more concerned I am about falling...breaking a hip...that kind of thing. Breaking equipment is also a concern. Glad you just ended up saturated with water with no permanent damage to either you or your camera equipment.

Nice pix, BTW.
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 12:15 PM   #6
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Thanks, yes the camera was my main concern
I once fell off a 15 foot cliff into four feet of water while trying to sneak up on a Blue Heron. On the way down, all I kept thinking of was to protect the camera...

The Heron was totally unfazed by the splash of me and my equipment...
While he certainly didn't "look" amussed, he was probably laughing too hard internally to actually move...

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So glad that you (and the equipment) are both fine. And some nice photos too - such a great expression on the little bird's face!
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The GOOOOOD news is you are OK.
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That had to hurt! Glad you and your camera are ok.

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Wow, what an ordeal... glad you are ok!
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