After returning from North Wales and having a few days off work I decided on focusing on a few nests on my local lake that had suddenly appeared after being away for a week. There were a few nests on the lake within a 10m by 10m area the following nests were found Mute Swans, Coot, Great crested grebe and a Canada Goose nest which shall be my first nest to figure out how to film without disturbing the birds.
As the Goose nest was on the duck island I had an idea to remove a few dead reed stalks to allow me to have a clear view from a close filming position but as the island gets very uncomfortable as there is a colony of red ants that get abit bitty in the summer months. It will be a setup the camera job and jump back in the kayak to avoid them while the cameras filming.
Variety of shots from camera position
The Gooses eggs in the nest which I can film down on from the top of the tree especially when the eggs hatch
The Goose gets hissy if I get to close but does not attack and now I have a filming position I will stick to it and allow the birds to carry on there breeding season.
One of the shots I got from a close up camera at sunrise is below but as the Goose see's me as no threat when I kayak close to place a camera on her I was amazed with the results.
Time-lapse footage of the nest at sunrise
Hopefully I can get the Grebe in the same position from the tree hide and the ©Gofloat
I am worried about this nest as it's close to Flash and when I was filming the Grebe nest I filmed him chasing the Goose off the nest and he got very close to the nest.
Update to follow with abit of footage filmed on a few different cameras and techniques.
To the right of the Goose nest is the Grebes which is a 4-5 metres away and hopefully I can get shots where both nests are in the same camera view.
Here's a screen capture of what I filmed on the Gopro camera using a piece of kit I made which I am calling the ©Gofloat
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