Saturday, 13 September 2014
This somewhat strange looking specimen is a Sand dollar. It is a sea urchin which burrows and comes from the order Clypeasteroida – and you can see why it gets its name, as it resembles a coin. Some joke that it is the only stable dollar in the world at the moment. Humor aside, it does have one trick up its sleeve that we can only wish would apply to real money. It can clone itself – creating a perfect copy.
La Nuit du Cerf (Night of the Deer) and this short film has been released for its launch.
It is stunning work: close your eyes and you can almost feel the cool night air, smell the scents of the forest and feel the tensions within this community of deer.
Edwar Herreño shows a pod of killer whales take down a tiger shark with ruthless efficiency and then divvy up the resulting carcass, playing with their food as we might do with a shrimp. The film captures not only the immediacy of lunch time chez the killers but also their sheer, magnificent power and size - not to mention that they ruthlessly stalk, kill and devour their prey so gracefully. True cetacean connoisseurs.
Andi Dzilums was out on the course that morning and managed to capture the moment that the bear cub took the inevitable decision to grab hold of and run around (and around!) with the pin. This amusing spectacle of bear-faced cheek (couldn’t resist it) carried on until the cub spotted something just as interesting – a golf ball.
You might think that Andi was a little foolhardy - to say the least - to put himself so close to these wild animals. They are North American black bears, not grizzlies and so tend to be timid around humans and only attack if they really, really have to. However, if you don't know the difference- keep your distance!
Friday, 22 August 2014
Thursday, 21 August 2014
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.