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    Default Canoes and bird photography

    Anyone play around with this combination? Thinking of buying a canoe in the early part of this year and apart from the recreational side of it with the family, I am of course thinking of bird photography in quiet waterways.

    Not sure if we're going the inflatable or rigid canoe yet. Possibly an inflatable 2 person jobby similar to the one in the link below.

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    Default Re: Canoes and bird photography

    Looked into getting on thge water to take a few shots and I have just picked up a Porta Bote with 5hp outboard and electric motor ( so I can sneak up on the birds, welll that's the plan), off Ebay as when I travel it will go onto the roof rack as its only 19Kgs, they fold up not much bigger than surfboard.

    So I will let you know how it all pans out.

    Will have it up your way in a few weeks time.
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    Default Re: Canoes and bird photography

    I have one which I take out now and then. Found it did'nt get me as close to waterbirds as I wanted but worked an absolute treat when getting close to Reed Warblers.

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    Default Re: Canoes and bird photography

    been using the quintrex hornet 445 for a while now has an electric forward mount motor and works by remote
    some birds are cool with watercraft others not so, bit like the car really flight shots are definately on the cards when your on the water though. had a coleman canoe for a few years the colarado a 3 seater, not stable enough imo cause water and gear = misery but in saying that i read about a bird shooter on fm who uses a kayak and has a 600 nikkor mounted on the front deck but he also uses a pair of outriggers for stabilization. cheers

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    I'd suggest stability is all important. Here's a post discussing choice of craft.

    http://www.naturescapes.net/phpBB3/v...p?f=1&t=153508
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    There are some youtube vids ive seen of this guy in the US who ventures out with his 500mm lens etc with the tripod mounted to the craft.

    Heres one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSI_cFC-vJI
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    This guys uses a canoe and motoroboat

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