"Are you free tomorrow to show a film crew round Kidney Island?" Without checking whether the caller meant "free" as in "available" or "free" as in "at no cost", I said I was! I just assumed my embryonic role as a Tour Guide had attracted positive attention and my services were demanded by visiting film-makers. Or, it may have been that every other guide was already booked......
|Sweet nothings being whispered in the ear....?|
Led by Stewart McPherson, the team were keen to capture on film (or its digital equivalent) unique habitats and wildlife. They had been sponsored to increase the knowledge of the mostly-remote Overseas Territories. They had already recorded the blue iguana on the Cayman Islands, and filmed green turtles on Ascension Island. Now they wanted to see the unique sights of the Falklands......
|Sealion sentinel on the beach|
For more background on Stewart, try his company's website > http://redfernnaturalhistory.com/
Simon, the cameramen, also has an interesting site, which should show where they are travelling to >
|The difference in size between male and female is quite pronounced.|
|The hut gives an idea as to the height of the grass.|
|The story of Tussoc Grass, take 5....|
|Ornithologists trying to see the birdlife.|
|From zero visibility to 10-mile views....|
|The endemic Cobb's wren, sheltering from the breeze|
|Upland Geese family|
|Sealion with pup|
|Males eyeing each other up|
|Nest with a view.|
|Mucky young penguin learning how to stand with its back to the wind.|
|Falklands Thrush foraging in the kelp|
|A double rainbow in the bay.|
|50,000 pairs of Sooty Shearwaters returning at dusk.|
I will try to keep in touch with the team to see the film when it is finalised.