Youtube channel. Local Wildlife Episode 2

Last Sunday In took an early stroll around the two lakes on the estate where I live. The larger one is right next to the shopping centre and there is always people around, yet it continues to support a large amount of birds, largely due to the central island where a lot of them nest. The usual fare is made up of quite common birds such as Mallards, Tufted duck, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gull and Canada Geese but I also saw Little Grebe and I have seen other species over the years I have lived here. The beauty about a place like this, indeed anywhere really, is that you never now what will turn up and as I walked around a lady stopped me to tell me she had seen a Water Rail the previous week.

The smaller lake is situated towards the edge if the estate and is a fishing lake, although it is not really fished much. There wasn’t anything here that I had already seen on the large lake but one thing that did resonate with me was the litter. I was taking some video of a Coot when I saw that it appeared to be trying to peck at a submerged plastic bag and as I walked round I saw other such items in the water.

We have seen so much in the media recently about plastic in our oceans but we shouldn’t forget that it is everywhere and wildlife is suffering as a result, be it a Whale or Dolphin with a struggling with discarded fishing gear or a humble Coot trying to eat a plastic bag we need to be more responsible. It really saddens me and as I get older it bothers me more and more.

While this is sad, nature is beautiful and wildlife abounds so we should enjoy and protect it. I am trying to do my little bit by uploading these videos to share the beauty in Nature that is all around us but missed on a daily basis by so many people.

Here is a link to my second Youtube video

Youtube channel. Local Wildlife Episode 1

Well I finally got round to my first video blog, Vlog, video whatever you want to call it and I learnt a lot along the way. It is something have been meaning to do for some time now, I am an avid Youtube watcher, following several photographers both Wildlife and Landscape.

My set up if fairly simple, it consists of an iphone 8 and a Zhiyun smooth Q gimbal. I have recently added a Zoom H1n recorder paired with a Rode video mic which gives much better sound quality. I quickly realised one day that the phone recording is no good in the wind and indoors it sounds really echoey.

I am using imovie to edit them, fairly basic but for what I need at the moment it’s fine, and free which is a big bonus but I think if this continues I will eventually move over to Premier Pro. I already use Lightroom and Photoshop and they all work in similar ways.

I am also shooting some video on my DSLR, I have the Canon 5d Mk4 and this has been another learning curve, I’ve only recently got into video and it is a whole new ball game but with the help of Youtube I think you can learn pretty much anything.

For a musical accompaniment to the vlog, I am using Epidemic sound, a great resource with tons of great music.

All in all I think I have found something that I am really excited about, something that allows me to get out in nature and share my experiences with whoever wants to take a look.

Here is the first Vlog…. Local Wildlife Episode 1