Category Archives: Birds and Mammals

Birds of Poland


Original playout date: 7 November 2007
Duration: 4:30

Poland has a wide variety of birdlife, from white-headed eagles and great bustards down to tiny wrens and colourful golden orioles.
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Holiday in Alsace #7 – Going up Monkey Mountain


Original playout date: 19 September 2007
Duration: 6:57

Agent de YouTube Uncle Davey takes Sophie up Monkey Moutain in Alsace, which is a rhesus monkey enclosure and Sophie has a nice time feeding them.

It’s a bit scary really the way she comes right up to them. Thankfully they are not so aggressive and usually will warn prior to biting like most animals.
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Choosing a Bengal Cat これは 猫です


Original playout date: 10 September 2007
Duration: 11:43

A collection of fine thoroughbred Bengals. We decided in the end for Pushkin, the marbled brown four month kitten you see in the frame at 10:40, and reserved him, but I am still hoping for comments and advice from bengal cat cognoscenti. Two weeks later Pushkin came to our home and 10 and a half years later he is still here enjoying himself. I have added a category under family members for Pushkin and this is the first one as it’s the first time he ever appeared on a film, as this is where we meet him for the first time, the guy who sleeps on our bed every night.
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Our friends’ parrots – Les Perroquets de nos amis


Original playout date: 4 August 2007
Duration: 5:28

Thierry and Annie-Christine have two lovely parrots, an Amazonian Green and an African Grey. The African grey did a bunk a week ago, and after five days of liberty was fortunately retrieved. He is still a bit dazed in this video.
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Hungary Series #3/5 “Life inside a Hungarian thistle”


Original playout date: 14 July 2007
Duration: 12:15

The conference over, I go out to visit the Hortobagy Puszta, so we see Heroes Square and the drive out east.
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Wild hooded crow talking


Playout date: 1 April 2007
Duration: 1:32

This hasn’t happened to me since, in my interactions with the crows of Warsaw. I’ve been divebombed by them, had food stolen by them, and been defecated on by them , but this is the first and last time I got a human impersonation out of one of them. Thankfully I had a camera to hand.
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Cranes in Pomerania


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 1:07
Views at the time added to HTV: 832
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 9
Total interactions to views 1.1%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ33
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Pomerania, near Koszalin
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Cranes” a Ukrainian folksong
Languages used: Ukrainian
Animals/plants featured: Cranes
Other remarks:

There is an unusual majestry about the crane, they fly very high and are rare, but it is a large and graceful bird and comes in flocks, not lone or in pairs or smaller groups like the storks. If you go in March to a farm in northern Poland, you have a chance to see the sight I record here, and it is worth the viewing,

Welcome to the new species of ape!


 

 

Big news in the atheist community. A new species of ape has been discovered. A phylogenetic study has just concluded that this kind of orang-utan speciated 700,000 years ago whereas the other two species of orang-utan separated from each other 400,000 years ago. Modern humans at that time were all one big happy family, and still pretty much in Africa, it is supposed.

Welcome to this new species, congratulations on being discovered, and what a wonderful thing evolution is that we see it going on around us all the time, with whole new species appearing again and again despite what these religious nutjobs tell us.

Happily thanks to this discovery, science has once again allowed us to pat ourselves on the backs and reassure ourselves that we can explain fully how this world came into being and even if there are loads of unanswered questions and uncertaintoes, one thing we can be absolutely sure of, God and the Bible had nothing whatsoever to do with it!

(I speak as a fool, of course).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapanuli_orangutan

 

Sophie at Warsaw Zoo, December 2006


5 October 2017

Playout date: 4 December 2006
Duration: 7:24
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,451
Likes at the time added to HTV: 8
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 4
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 16
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Warsaw Zoo
Other people featured: Sophie James
Genre: Zoo/aquarium
Music used: “Chung Kuo” by Vangelis, “Kichikichi Batta” by Tomozaku Murakami, plus ambient zoo noises
Languages used: English and Polish
Animals/plants featured: Patagonian conure, peacock, mandrill, chipmunks, ring-tailed lemur, and dozens more
Other remarks:

What a cutie Sophie was at age six! They grow up quick though. Featuring a bit of chipmunk talking, plus criticism of bad behaviour by other zoo guests (something I regularly have to do, more’s the pity), and the stars of the show, the talking cockatoos.

RSA 8/10 Hoppy Feet


Playout date: 25 November 2006
Duration: 2:19
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Table Mountain National Park
Other people featured: David Uncleborough
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “This could be heaven” Queen
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: African penguin, Sphenicus demersus
Other remarks:

Another one of the videos done as “David Uncleborough” my impersonation of the narrating style of the veteran bremoaining broadcaster David Attenborough. Only whereas he tends to speak uncritically about evolution, David Uncleborough refers to it with unbelief and cynicism.

I had high hopes of developing a series of “David Uncleborough’s Life on this Planet” spoof nature documentaries but never really got to it. Maybe I will one day.

 

RSA 7/10 – Cheetah!


Playout date: 22 November 2006
Duration: 2:55
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Moyo, Stellenbosch area of South Africa
Other people featured: CHI colleagues
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “This could be heaven” by Queen
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Cheetah (Acinonyx j. jubatus)
Other remarks:

This lovely animal was walked around us before the food was served and we were asked to keep calm. He remained with his handlers at the top stage during117777 the meal, and was continually stroked and petted by these handlers. In addition to seeing the cat, another attraction of the evening was having local tribal markings plainted on our faces using something that looked a bit like Tippex. The scenery from the mountains we saw on the way when visiting the Stellenbosch wine region was also unlike anything I had seen before. South Africa is a wonderful country.

Sealy Phocas (South Africa series 4/10)


Playout date: 14 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Other people featured: David Uncleborough, Afrikaaner boat captain, Viktor Dmitrievitch Huliganov, Pierre Delauney
Genre: Environmental
Music used:  Heaven for Everyone, Queen
Languages used: English, but with Russian and French words for seal.
Animals featured: Arctocephalus pussilus, Cape fur seal

I rarely do a lot of different voices on one video, but this is one occasion. I do what I hope is a passable
impersonation of David Attenborough (I called this character David Uncleborough and he comes up a couple of times in my films), and also I do a South African, some Huliganov and some Pierre Delauney.
The Hout Bay cape fur seal colony is a beautiful thing to see. This is the part of the world where the great
white shark preys on these creatures, even jumping out of the water to attack them. We didn’t see any of them today, though.
The mountains around are the twelve apostles, very majestic neighbours of the Table Mountain.

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