Last year in May, I began to hunt for the corncrake. With a camera, of course. Bird difficult and secretive, legashatniki is well aware.
But on my side it was the spring when the corncrake screaming all around, looking for females and males driving away competitors. Several times I beckon him close enough, I thought, but I’m so perevidet bird did not succeed. I could not understand where it is, but the cry was heard, it seemed a couple of meters. It should be noted that the corncrake yelling so powerful that the sound waves propagate in such a way that with the same success you might think that here it is very close … and there, and it seemed could not close and, o-o- Mr. bush at that … Of course, I chose the places where the corncrake could "light up"He came out on the short grass of the high and arranged an ambush near them. Prosizhivaya uselessly happened for 2-3 hours, and ostervenev what corncrake just mocking, shouting very close, but not being present, I do dumal- though the wing is now picking up and running, stomping loudly and noisily, as if trying to trample loudmouth. Of course, the corncrake silently ran off to the side, and after a few minutes began to yell again, but at some distance … And yet not a single blade of grass did not move without wind something!
However, one evening I was lucky. I ran into the corncrake, which was not only not opposed to pose, but which also showed a certain audacity. I was driving on the dirt road along the field, thinking about whom I will Photoshoot. And I heard him vdurg "song" a few dozen meters, he shouted from the tall grass. I stopped, got out, looked around, appreciating the landscape and realized that the chances of miserable, because the left and right of the primer the grass was already very high, knee-deep, and the lure on the road so cautious bird I have not even dreamed of. But I give, I think, try, no matter what no hope. I opened the door, turned on the corncrake voice through the speakers of the car, took the camera and went to look around. After just thirty meters, I realized that the voice of the corncrake clearly shifted and strongly approached the car. Oh, how I think, and crouching, crept back. The next minute I have no doubt that the corncrake is set up in combat, and hope for a successful fotovystrel returned. I went in the opposite direction just 7 meters or 10 and saw him! Crake very bravely went on the road right next to the UAZ and …. jumped on the hood. So much for the cautious bird. And standing on this podium, above the corncrake in the world, he was again tightened their loud songs.
I continued to sneak centimeter by centimeter, making the step only when the bird turned away and walked to a distance of 15-20 meters. Crake me "sketched"And I realized that creep closer unlikely. A photo shoot for the distance is too great. Crake took a step and fell …. the hood. Watch byla- scream. Sloping edge of the hood UAZ did not hold the bird, his foot is clearly not intended for smooth surfaces. He tried to keep on the hood, flapping its wings and skidding on the ground, but the forces of gravity and gravity won. He crashed to the primer, and I mentally said goodbye to him, regretting unmade pictures, thinking that he is now "blow" the grass. But as they say, there would be no happiness in the disguise.
UAZ continued yelling Korostelin voice, causing the bird to a frenzy. He sat down, and took aim ….
He jumped into the open door of the car, looking for the speaker.
It was then that I realized that this was a chance to get closer as the corncrake can not see me. I grabbed his technique, lifted butt off the ground and pulled a low start, trying not to make noise. I managed to get close to 5 meters to the car,
and then I quietly sat down on the ground and ready to shoot. And shoot,
The only thing, as the evening sun began to descend, and went behind the trees. We were dropped shadow, complicating the task of shooting. But the murmur was stupid and ungrateful.
Crake, wandering on the dash, trying to climb on the wheel, dropping him a couple of times, still went through another door. Then he went back to the hood,
several times to climb on the roof, flew several times on the ground, and walked around the car all the time gorlopanit.
Spare time, I tell you, the hunt will be much steeper.
Several times he even …. Caution … flew to a nearby tree. You say this does not happen? I thought so too. But obviously, in an effort to find the enemy and be above it, corncrake and quietly climbed the tree. And quietly with him he flew and then returned, and it is obvious inconvenience is not felt.
Nasnimali enough, corncrake, apparently tired. After all, he was yelling all the time, competing with soulless UAZ. He ran back to where you came from, back, then again gone back, but somehow already less willing … And then on the primer pair traveled on a motorcycle, loud growling and somehow considered it possible to stay in three meters from the car . After standing for a couple of seconds, they were gone. Obviously, they wanted to ask something, but eventually put an end to a camera. Crake within five minutes left, and I did not wait any longer and began to gather, regretting that not mastered the videotape from the camera before.
corncrake on decoy runs included in the Oise
I came to him the next day early in order to catch more sun. But the corncrake, though, and responded, approach was no more. Whether tired of it, or the roar of a motorcycle made an indelible impression on him. But I had the buzz. And while I was shooting all legashatnikov he recalled.
Igor Teslenko25 June 2014 at 21:50