Friday, 31 July 2009

Media Hype

Heron About to swallow a dead perch
Southern Hawker
Wasp Nest - 30 feet up a Larch
Comma - taken by 10-year-old Ben Coneyworth
Green-Veined White taken by 10-year-old Ben Coneyworth
Bloody Cranesbill - yes, really!
Knot - surrounded by Dunlin on beach at Spurn
Grey Plover, Dunlin, Knot & Turnstone
Knot & Dunlin
Whimbrel, Curlew & a Bar-tailed Godwit
Roe Deer
The above pics are a backwards compendium of the photos taken over the past week. Yesterday included a visit to Filey, pretty poor birdwise, but at least we missed the torrential downpour back at home. Stopped off at Tophill Low where we enjoyed a priviliged insight into unusal areas of the site. The wasp nest was particularly startling - very high in a tree. On Tuesday we tried a few butterfly venues, but most of the individuals were rather washed out. However, Ben got to try out his fledgling macro photography potential. On Monday morning I tried for the high tide wader roost at Spurn, but it was drizzling, so it was all rather dull. Arriving home, there was an urgent email waiting for me, asking me to ring a number at Yorkshire Water HQ. As Richard Hampshire, the Tophill warden had a day off, would I be prepared to be interviewed by a local TV programme about the Collared Pratincole at Tophill Low? After a bit of persuasion, I agreed & travelled for another 45 minutes to the reserve, where I was able to read up on the species before the arrival of the cameraman. The bird hadn't been seen since Saturday lunch time, but we lugged the heavy equipment to the correct hide, where he took pictures of Tufted Duck chicks, and roosting Common Terns. I was interviewed here and filmed bizarrely raising, panning and then removing my binoculars at nothing in particular. He needed more shots, so another hour and a half passed, as he filmed more ducks, a Comma butterfly and a Southern Hawker dragonfly. Finally, we returned to the car park where I had to walk up to the notice board, point at the entry for the Collared Pratincole, and then walk past the Tophill info boards. By this time is was 4.30, so he wasn't sure if he could get the interview back to the office for the evening bulletin. After he'd gone I had a text to say there had been an accident on the Dunswell road in Beverley, blocking both lanes, the very route he intended to take; but I was able to get home via the Beverley bypass. Of course, there was only a 30 second bulletin on the programme showing stills of the bird with commentary from the publicity handout. I had wasted a whole 2.5 hours for no attendant publicity for the course, but at least it was an insight into the prolonged process of filming for a 2-minute piece on local TV.


Anonymous said...

The fish being eaten by the Grey Heron is a Perch.

Michael Flowers said...

Thought it was, but nice to have it confirmed, thanks