I have launched Episode One of what will be a continuing series called Nature In Focus.
For this series I am filming short 5 or 6 minute documentaries about wildlife: their lives, their stories and the issues they face. The debut short film is entitled 'The Great Urban Grebe. The Great Crested Grebe is shown in it's new urban environment to discover how a water bird recognised with reed beds and small lakes has adapted to man-made reservoirs and city canals.
I have been filming and photographing these birds for a couple of years as I studied at University in Cardiff, about 10 minutes walk away from the Grebes nest and feeding grounds. I had the privialge to watch these stunning creatures as they built a nest, kept careful attention over their eggs and eventually had a fluffy zebra-coated chick. As the chick grew older, it was shunned to follow it's own path as the parents prepared for the next breeding season. These little characters really stood out to me and I found it fascinating to be able to be in such close promiximity to such initmate behavioral activity. These really are the dinosaurs of the water and have taken advantage of an ever-growing man-made world.
Filmed and edited by Tom Campbell
Music by Ben Campbell and Tom Campbell
(feat. 'Frantic' by Metallica)