I had the awesome pleasure of guiding trips at the recently completed ABA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas. As with all of the other ABA conventions, conferences, and rallies I’ve been a part of, the event had a superb mix of great birds and great birders. I enjoyed the camaraderie of amazing co-leaders and fantastic van-fulls of enthusiastic birders every day of the event.
For kicks I decided to make a highlight reel of bird videos I digiscoped using my iPhone (hooked up to my Leica APO-Televid via PhoneSkope.) There is rapidly growing interest in getting high-quality images and videos using smartphones and I enjoyed many chances to show folks how easy and effective this technique can be. All of the birds in the film were photographed on convention trips; no extra-curricular filming was needed when each destination was so birdy. I hope you enjoy it, and hope you’ll consider signing up for another wonderful upcoming ABA event where you can make your own highlight reel!
The presence of two Brown Boobies in the harbor right across from the convention hotel (& visible from many folks’ balconies) was an indicator of how superb the week’s birding would be. I took a lot of satisfaction in showing convention participants and other interested hotel guests these birds from the third-floor lobby window and from the convention room facing the bay front. Other personal highlights for me included Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will’s-widow in urban settings near the hotel, Groove-billed Ani stealing the show near the end of an already excellent field trip, and Magnificent Frigatebirds effortlessly riding the wind along the gulf coast. Do you have convention stories or highlights to share? Please post ’em in the comments.