Friday 19 November 2010

Blogging Revolution II

Boy oh boy do I have a treat for you today, oh unfortunate ones, er I mean, oh lucky lucky people. I promised you those Egyptian Geese, and I am going to deliver on that promise. For the first time, and almost certainly not the last, WansteadBirder brings you movement and sound. Video, if you will.

Now before you go all "It's rubbish" on me, please bear in mind that whilst I am sometimes able to get a decent photo of a bird using a camera and lens more or less specifically designed for the task, I own no video equipment whatsoever. When I saw these two (yep, two, I know - wow) Geese, a patch rarity, I swept aside this small obstacle and whipped out my trusty phone, the one that has in the past brought you gloriously detailed high-resolution photos of 100% definite Caspian Gulls. Carefully I approached, full stealth mode engaged, and held the phone out toward the geese. This was it. This was the moment. I pressed the button.

From about two feet away, the wild and wary Geese looked blankly at me, and asked what I wanted. Did I have food, they asked. Bread. Specifically, Mother's Pride? No? Oh. Then they lost interest. The splashing footsteps you hear at the end of the video is a Mute Swan coming to investigate me, probably thinking about breaking my arm, which as all parents tell their children, they can do just like that. Not wishing to lose a limb, I abandoned my hopes of making a prize-winning film and retreated to the studio, there to edit my masterpiece. I say edit, what I really mean is figure out how to get it off my phone and onto the computer. This has taken me three days, but it has been absolutely worth it as I'm sure you'll agree.

I hear Cannes is nice in May.


  1. beautiful Jonathan, particularly the smooth close-up half-way through - echoes of Goddard ringing loud and clear.

    What's particularly shocking though is the obvious wader habitat on show. I can't tell you how envious I am, and I think you understand.

  2. I liked the sound of what is presumably the mute swan stalking up to you at the end. Sounds quite ominous. Lends a sort of Blair Witch vibe.

  3. Jono, the picture is very shaky.

    Were you really that excited to see Egyptian geese....could you not have waited until you got home?