Whilst at the Pannonian Bird Experience, we got to spend some time with and make a small video with Andreas Kieling. Kieling is a real super-star in German nature documentaries, having made some stunning videos over the past couple of decades. He started out with documentaries filmed while spending many months at a time by himself in the wilderness of arctic Alaska. Out of this grew his passion for bears; becoming an expert on bear behaviour, and in the process was the first to film many amazing aspects of the lives and behaviour of grizzly bears, black bears and polar bears. His work on polar bears - in particular - has brought him a great deal of critical acclaim and success.
Anyhow, so we had spent the morning digiscoping on one of the lakes in the Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel National Park and had decided to spend the afternoon looking for the Great Bustards that should be displaying in the area. Kieling has a very gentle way about him and it is easy to see why animals are so calm in his presence.
.......................................click on the little triangle to get the closed captions / subtitles ^
While we were out there, we made a video about video digiscoping, or videoscoping. The new DSLRs with full HD video are really opening up an exciting new field for bird and animal lovers. Capturing animals on film has a charm and 3D realism about it that is hard to capture in photos. Photography potentially has a greater artistic beauty value to it, but video wins in pulling you in to the moment.
Here are a couple of Kieling / arte / National Geographic / BBC Wildlife videos:
Have a wonderful weekend!