This past January I had the privilege of joining Jeff Bouton, Raymond VanBuskirk, and Rafael Galvez at the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. For this Coloradan the change in climate was welcomed, but even more awesome for me was the chance to spend quality time with birds I don’t regularly see in my part of the world.

I also had the enviable task of doing some shooting with the Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) on a visit to Merritt Island NWR while picking Rafael’s brain about the feeding strategies employed by the multitudes of wading birds in this target-rich environment.  Among the most fascinating to me were grope-feeding and tactolocation tactics used by Wood Storks.

In addition to taking great stills I found that the V-Lux (Typ 114) is an incredible tool for getting bird video footage. The 4K resolution gives amazing quality and room for cropping or grabbing high-res stills, and the stabilized 400 mm equivalent zoom has lots of reach but is easily hand-held for maximum creativity and flexibility. I shot plenty of video of feeding Wood Storks that is probably worth more than thousands of words trying to explain how their feeding strategies work. I hope you enjoy this short film as much as I enjoyed making it!

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