Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Krzysztof Gonciarz and Kasia Mecinski, take a look at the island and the dichotomy of having these Cunicular bundles of fun right next to an old poison gas production plant. If you like rabbits this place must be on your bucket list.
The playing field between the amateur and the professional has been leveled out, so to speak. Now, award winning wildlife filmmaker like John Downer must be ever more resourceful to produce something better than your average ten year old with a camera (yes, that was probably a slight exaggeration).
Spy-cams have been used in wildlife film-making for a number of years but the secret in creating astounding footage like the above is in truly understanding how the animals behave. From that outset point, involving research and great deal of dedication, new ways to capture amazing moments have been devised which, through the sheer inventiveness of their technical solutions, enable filmmakers to tell their subject’s story in new and enthralling ways.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Mike Sutton when he recently had the opportunity to film hives at Hillside Apiaries in New Hampshire. He has managed to capture some wonderful close-ups of honey bees in their natural environment, marrying his film with a brilliant soundtrack and some honey bee facts. Plus he was only stung three times during the whole filming process.
Monday, 11 August 2014
Watch What Happens When a Gorilla and the Man who Raised and Released him Meet Again after Five Years
So, it is only human to want to find out how your former wards are doing. Venturing deep in to the Gabon jungle, Aspinall went in search of Kwibi, who he had hand-reared and nurtured up to the point where he was released in to the wild five years previously.
They say that elephants do not forget but one thing we now know for sure – the same can be said about gorillas. When he eventually found Kwibi, Aspinall was in for a surprise. Not only did Kwibi recognize him, once the re-introductions were over it was obvious that his old friend really didn’t want to part company with him ever again!
Although the debate continues about the pros and cons of what is effectively zoo-based conservation, Aspinall has proven that gorillas at least can be successfully reintroduced in to the wild despite massive contact with and care from people.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
However, the part that I found most fascinating was the part of the film which describes how dragonflies live most of their lives as nymphs and that a number of different species can live side by side during this stage (even though they don’t mind the off foray in to cannibalism).
One thing I certainly did not know is that during this period of their lives they have a lower jaw which they can extend suddenly and swiftly, like a hydraulic ramp, to catch prey that would otherwise be just out of their reach. It is quite a sight.
The amazing facts about dragonflies do not stop there and after they come in to their brief adult phase each species seems to have its own interesting variation on the mating game. The documentary takes us throughout the year to the inevitable demise of the adults. However, below the placid waters of British ponds a vicious fight for survival continues.
Created by Andy Holt of Wild Life Lens, Dragonfly has been awarded Best Documentary at the BIAFF (British International Amateur Film Festival) 2014 Film Festival.
Lance Featherstone has captured its wildlife wonderfully. I don’t know about you but sometimes music can enhance a video about the natural world but most of the time I find it a distraction. However, what Lance has decided to do here is to keep the natural sound of the rainforest as the backdrop to his film. It works beautifully and one is left with a sense of the peace of the place.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
10 - The White-Crested Helmetshrike
Monday, 30 June 2014
Ben and take in this jubilant exhibition.
Yet, like the hare, don’t get too comfortable. Danger lurks around every corner.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Dustin Adamson. It is a place teeming with life and here the footage is shot wide so you can get a truly panoramic impression of this undersea universe. Go grab your beverage of choice, sit back, relax and let the beauty roll over you.
Michael N Sutton ventured into the forest which hides a frog pond and decided to film Bullfrogs in slowmo using his Photron Fastcam BC2 HD camera. Maybe not your average choice in a rainstorm but the result is mesmerizing. The footage captures the gymnastic prowess of the frogs perfectly.
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Frostie the Snow Goat with you. Among a number of general nasties that the kid was suffering from, he also had a condition called joint navel ill. This is an incredibly nasty infection which enters the body via the umbilical cord soon after birth.
Frostie quickly took the internet by storm and captured the hearts of many. So, now, after a month it is time to ask how Frostie is doing. Has Frostie recovered? As you can see from the video above there is still some way to go but the sight of him gamboling around (a little totter here, a little totter there) is a joy to behold.
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Saturday, 7 June 2014
Diver Eli Martinez can be seen here diving with tiger sharks and interacting with them in what only can be described as a very friendly manner.
He strokes and caresses the sharks, almost as if they were dogs they he is encountering at the local park in this video shot by Armando Gasse in the Bahamas. It is an amazing sight and something which probably confounds a lot of expectations about sharks in general. After all, thanks to a certain movie, many people believe that if you hold your hand out to a shark it will bite it off.
Yet before you book your plane tickets and rent out the diving equipment, I should add one or two words. Martinez (who is also the editor of Shark Diver Magazine) has not simply jumped in to the ocean and struck up a friendship with some passing tiger sharks. He has known these individuals for years.
Here are the facts in his own words: "Despite this looking easy and relaxed, it is only because I have been working with these same sharks for years, so I know them well. The tiger shark is a shark named Hook, and the lemon is a shark I named Taxi. The relationship is based on trust and respect, and I never forget that these are wild sharks, so I never get too comfortable. I always remember where I am, and what I am doing. So please watch this video as I hope it shows these amazing animals as they really are...beautiful, and intelligent, and amazing animals.”
It must be quite a thing to be able to say that you are first name terms with sharks. Below is another video of Mr Martinez on another one of his visits to Tiger Beach where he again gets to interact with a number of his friends. Among them are sharks he has named Taxi, Scratch, Cindy and Hook. They truly are ambassadors for their species.
It is found in the forests of China and Taiwan and, boy, can it fly. Strictly speaking it glides, but as you can see from the video above it is extraordinarily good at that. It launches itself in to space and then seems to float effortlessly through the trees to its destination. As you can imagine they are very difficult to film!
The flight is – admittedly – awesome but what many find equally striking about the Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel are its piercing blue eyes.
This incredible species inhabits the dense montane forests and limestone cliffs of China. It is distributed widely in the country and is not in any danger of extinction. In Taiwan they inhabit the island’s hardwood and conifer forests, nesting high in tree hollows.
They have small litters of only one or two infants and feed on a variety of nuts, fruit and vegetation. They will also eat insects and larvae and have been spotted occasionally raiding bird nests for eggs when times are a little frugal.