[Tweeters] Eclipse bird behavior in Lincoln City, OR (+ OT: eclipse photos and video)

Nagi Aboulenein nagi.aboulenein at gmail.com
Mon Aug 21 18:03:38 PDT 2017


Hi All -

In the vein of reporting on bird behavior before, during and right after
eclipse totality, my family and I were in Lincoln City to witness the
eclipse. We were fogged out with early morning marine fog at our first
choice of location (Siletz Bay), so we gathered up our chairs, tripods,
cameras and eclipse glasses and went in search of clear skies, which we
luckily found just at the north of Lincoln City (I believe the area is
called Villages at Cascade Head).

A few minutes before totality, we had a number of chickadees and other
birds behaving as if they were coming in to roost in the surrounding trees.
Then, for the duration of totality, everything was perfectly quite (except
for the four humans [us] who were continually voicing inanities such as
“this is amazing!”, “wow!”, etc). Then, right after totality, the noise and
activity level went up from nothing to a crescendo of early morning bird
songs, calls and general bird chatter. Temperature-wise, the half hour
before totality started to turn seriously cold, then gradually started
warming up again maybe half an hour after totality.

Here is a link to an album of some photos of the eclipse, as well as a
time-lapse video showing how lighting changed before, during and after the
eclipse.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/aboulenein/2ez453

Photos 1-25 show the progression from full sun disc to totality.
Photos 26-30 show the actual totality with some nice views of the sun’s
corona.
Photos 31-41 show our star immediately after the totality, and still with
no solar filter on the lens - notice the solar flares which, interestingly,
are showing in a pinkish-red color around the edge of the solar disc.
Photos 42-67 then show the progression from near totality to back-to-normal.

For those technically inclined, the sun photos were taken using a Baader
Astro-Solar filter in a DIY holder attached to my 100-400mm lens, with a 2x
extender attached, for a total of 800mm focal length.

Cheers,

Nagi
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