The time has already come! After just seven months studying my MA in Wildlife Filmmaking (and completely failing to update my blog during this time... sorry!), I am being thrown into the wild world to create my very own documentary... Oh what an adventure to be had!
The main section of my degree is producing my own ten minute documentary on a wildlife subject of my choice. It has been a rather long and sometimes hard road to finding the right subject; after rejection from commissioners of my initial idea I felt that I had hit a road block.
But then I came across a rather more exciting and intriguing subject...
These stunning birds are cranes.
Cranes are incredible creatures - an exciting bird that doesn't only enthral the bird lovers, but traverses a wide spectrum of people. And it is easy to see why. The crane is a charismatic, exciting and beautiful animal, but something that truly stands out is their love of dancing. They dance for mating, for fighting... they dance just for fun! Spending most of their time in large flocks they will eventually form a strong pair bond - a bond that lasts their lifetime.
Cranes have been missing from the British landscape for over 400 years, but now they are back!
The Great Crane Project has been bringing in eggs from Germany since 2010, hand-rearing the chicks and releasing them onto the Somerset Levels in the South West of England. There is now a strong population of birds, but there is one more test to overcome before this can be considered a success. The birds must breed!
And this year is potentially the first year this will successfully happen. Last year a pair, Christine and Monty, made an attempt, but unfortunately the chick did not survive past it's first few hours. It is hoped that this year they will have learnt a few lessons!
And so I am planning on following this journey, and hopefully capture on film this remarkable event. I will be spending weeks sat out in a hide trying to capture a personal insight into the story of a young crane mother.
I will (as much as possible) be updating my progress on here and keeping you all up to date on how things are going!
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