Don DesJardin | the Internet Bird Collection
A native and life-long resident of California, Don currently resides in Ventura, California, which is located about half way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the Pacific Coast of the US.
Don has always enjoyed the hobby of photography, purchasing his first 35mm camera at the age of 14. Beginning in the late 80’s, he firmly got hooked on and discovered the world of birds and birding, and along with that, he began photographing them. After years of bird photography, he started thinking about wanting more than just static bird photos, and in early 2000 he made the plunge and purchased his first video camera, a Canon XL1 DV along with all the other expensive related items he needed. Being a Nikon shooter and having a nice inventory of both Nikon and Sigma lenses, he also purchased a Canon video to Nikon camera lens adapter for the XL1. His current working lens for most of his video work is a Nikon 80-400mm lens, which he says gives a fantastic reach for those less than cooperative birds. In 2007 he acquired a Canon XL H1 HDV camera which he retired in 2013 and purchased a Panasonic GH3. In 2015 he purchased a Panasonic GH4, which currently is his primary camera with the GH3 as a back-up camera.
Although Don has birded in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador, and most of the birding hotspots of the United States. Most all of his video work has been in the United States and primarily within his local patch of Ventura County, which has an impressive list of over 470 recorded species. Ventura County is unique, in that you can travel through many different eco zones, from the Pacific Coast with its lagoons and tidal estuaries, to its mountains that rise up to over 7,000 feet, in about 2 hours travel time. Video documentation of birds has become nearly a full time hobby along with birding.
With the migration from still photography to video, I soon found myself giving video programs to Audubon groups around the Southern California area, instead of my usual slide programs. Once I became comfortable with video editing, the next logical step was to put all the footage I had been shooting on DVD. At the present time, I have five 60 minute bird video on DVD and Blu-ray to offer. The description for these discs are on my website behind the "VIDEO & DVD" tab.
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