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"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in."
- George Washington Carver

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Frantic Times

Spring is pretty busy and I have been in the field as much as possible. Over the past two weeks I have been visiting several sites on a regular basis filming the wonders of spring as they happen. Frogs spawning, Woodpigeons and Herons mating, Tree Sparrows, Rooks, Long-tailed Tits and Nuthatches building their nests, Robins, Blackbirds and Chiffchaffs advertising their territories, Brown Hare bucks chasing after does, odd hybrid ducks on canals, exotic, elusive Mandarins and my first experience of calling out Weasels. I'm not sure which moment has been the most memorable, the ball of intertwined frogs slowly drifting down stream into the reservoir, a plucky male Mandarin scrapping with a Mallard twice its size, calling out the Weasel, or filming a pair of Dippers making their nest in an old outflow pipe of a mill.
Having filmed so much, I'm surprised that I have managed to get some of it on line already. when the weather was grim, I managed to find time to piece together a little video of Buzzards and Turnstones that I filmed on Anglesey in December.
It may be a while before all of this materialises as completed pieces, but it should be worth waiting for. At the moment I'm working on a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker piece, and I have a Yellowhammer piece that still needs some work.
Meanwhile, I have yet to film Hares actually boxing. I have some good shots of a pair of Brown Hare but they are being somewhat elusive at the moment. Let's see what tomorrow brings........