Chris Watson, our resident wildlife sound recordist has been at it again.
Archives for May 2009
As you may have seen in recent episodes of Springwatch, Jamie and Jenny - our resident Polecat team are hot on the trail of a very shy polecat near Bala.
Quite literally today, as I got a tip-off that some our camera team were off filming a dipper's nest, which they'd been watching near the dam at Lake Vyrnwy.
Cameraman John Aitchison was on a mission to fix a camera under a bridge to film the nest:
The weather was definitely against us as we drove into dark clouds and torrential rain on our way down to Gigrin Farm, so not ideal kite flying weather! Around an hour and half later we arrived at the farm and the skies were beginning to clear.
Chris Watson, legendary wildlife sound recordist for the programme, goes out everyday recording weird and wonderful sounds with a variety of kit around the Springwatch locations.
Before meeting a real life goshawk, Simon was keen to get some rehearsal in. Cue a very special furry guest.
A cold dark start to the day today; 3.30am to be precise... I'd agreed to cover a dawn chorus with Simon King and Chris Watson, and we began to assemble outside the hotel reception in the half light.
Getting out and about at dawn is physically demanding, but rewarding from a nature point of view. The dawn chorus is a great wildlife experience.
I thought I'd show you the star of the goshawk shoot, Gelert. Paul Melton, head falconer at Mid Wales Falconry, gives us an introduction to this very special bird.
I thought I'd give you a bit of background information on the main Springwatch outside broadcast (OB) location today.
This year we're honoured to have the resident Springwatch wild man - Simon King visiting our shores.
Simon - 'the king of field craft' and his hi-tech, 'mission impossible' field team have the unique wildlife of mid and
north Wales in their sights this year.
The locations and habitats vary greatly and I'll be tracking their every move - reporting back with exclusive updates and video clips along the way.
Keep up to date daily via this blog or the BBC Wales Nature homepage.
My illustrious colleague - 'The Mole' will be filling in the gaps back at basecamp in Norfolk this year so check out the Springwatch blog for his exclusives and behind the scenes stories.
The programme begins on Bank Holiday Monday - 25 May, BBC Two, 8pm but I'll be blogging solidly before then, so try and keep up!
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That's it for now.
Glaslyn's breeding osprey pair passed a major challenge this morning with the hatching of their first chick in the brood.
Great news for Welsh farmer Alan Morgan as he's just been named Wales' winner of the Nature of Farming Award - a competition run by the RSPB and BBC Countryfile magazine. The 58-hectare farm in Monmouth is a haven for the rare silver-washed fritillary and clouded yellow butterflies.