January Footage Highlights

2020 has begun, and we have lots more lovely footage clips to share with you. Some of our favourites this month are…

Man being lowered down a cliff and collecting seabird eggs, Iceland.

Man being lowered down a cliff and collecting seabird eggs, including those of common guillemots (Uria aalge), camera attached to helmet, Skoruvikurbjarg cliffs, Langanes Peninsula, Iceland. Filmed by Terry Whittaker in May.

You can also see a more detailed feature, with more clips and images, on this risky historic tradition on our blog.

Terry commented:

“I’ve been working on seabird issues in Iceland for a couple of years so I came across the practice quite early on, but finding someone doing it and willing to be photographed took a while. My daughter lives in Iceland and one of her seabird researcher friends knew Jón’s (the fisherman in the clip) wife. So she set up an introduction…”

 

Aerial shot of the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant, Spain.

Aerial shot of the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant owned  by Torresol Energy, it uses molten salt as its heat transfer fluid and energy storage medium to produce energy for up to 24 hours a day, Seville, Spain. This clip was filmed by Milan Radisics in 2019.

Milan noted:

“This moment, right at the beginning of the year is a strong reminder that we urgently need to find sustainable solutions for conserving the world’s resources.”

 

Drone shot passing through rock formation in a cerrado landscape, Brazil.

Drone shot passing through rock formation in a cerrado landscape, Matto Grosso, Brazil, filmed by Laurie Hedges.

Laurie commented:

“The Serra do Roncador (The Snoring Mountains) are a mountain range full of mysticism in the border regions of the Brazilian Amazon and the Savannah like ‘cerrado’ landscape beyond. The name comes from the sound emanating from the rocky cliffs at night, through which the wind blows.

Flying a small Mavic drone through the pinnacles of the mountain was a tense moment, but resulted in a fantastic shot!

 

Juvenile goldenrod spider camouflaged on a common hogweed flowerhead, catching a fly, UK.

Juvenile goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) camouflaged on a common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowerhead, reacting to and catching a fly (Muscidae), Wiltshire, England, UK, June.

Nick said:

“I’d been photographing insects visiting a stand of hogweed in my favourite patch of chalk grassland meadow near my home for several minutes before I noticed this wonderfully camouflaged goldenrod crab spider lurking on the flowerhead, waiting patiently for a fly, beetle or bee to approach within striking range.  I took a few stills to show how well camouflaged it was –  these spiders can change colour, from largely white to mostly yellow depending on the flower they are hunting on – and then ran some video clips.”