The stunning sound of Nightingales

The “Feira do Folar” is a 3 day festival over the Easter weekend at my local town, Sao Marcos da Serra.

Last night I attended and after many (local) Gin and Fresh Oranges I walked the 20 minute trek back to the house.

The Moon was full a few days ago so was just about lighting the way through some broken clouds. Apart from this it was pitch black. I sat on a step at a local public well and listened to the fantastic chorus of Nightingales.

I took a recording on my mobile phone and thought I’d share it. Sometimes, you don’t need vision to appreciate the nature around you.

About 5 minutes after this recording, I stumbled across a family of Javali (Wild Boar) and it’s a good job the phone wasn’t recording as it gave me a bit of a shock and many expletives were said! Luckily, the Javali were also just as startled and made their way into the thick bush.

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Wildboar in our Woodland (Video)

A few evenings ago I was outside late at night as I tend to do to either listen to the wildlife (Owls, Toads, Frogs, Crickets) or look at the dark night sky. I could hear rustling and snapping twigs in a piece of Woodland that we own.

I immediately thought Wild Boar.

I’ve not had time to explore this dense woodland yet so grabbed the Bushnell camera and took a ramble. The Woodland is on a steep small hillside with a seasonal brook at the bottom and I could see evidence of activity in abundance. A lot of moved soil and some scat. It was looking very promising that Wild Boar are in residence.

I attached the Bushnell in a small opening. This morning I checked the camera and came up a winner.

It’s a very short clip as the Wild Boar is just walking by, but proof enough that they live in there.

I will be setting up the Bushnell in various positions in the hope I get some more footage of them. In the future I hope to set up a hide in the woodland, but the Wild Boar are usually sleeping in deep cover in the daytime.

Of course, photography isn’t the only shooting pastime and these Wild Boar are of interest to the local Hunters. I have very mixed feelings about hunting, but at these Wild Boars are hunted as a food source which keeps the local economy turning over.

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Aerial Footage of a local Fox

Fox from the Phantom
Fox from the Phantom
I was out doing some test flights of my new DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone this afternoon, flying over the fields behind the house when I noticed some movement on the ground. At first, I thought it was one of our Cats, but then I saw the big bushy tail so I descended to get a better view.

At first, the Fox was a bit scared but it was due to the drone flying at full speed so was quite noisy, so after slowing right down it didn’t seem that bothered that I was following it around.

As the video progresses, I get a bit closer with a great tracking shot near the end.

Early days and I’ve a lot to learn with both flying and capturing footage, but looking forward to more photos and videos from this great piece of equipment.

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First appearance of a Fox Cub!

Blink and you’ll miss, right at the beginning of this clip of the Vixen eating you’ll see a young Cub in the background.

This is great to finally see one. Of course, I don’t know if this is the only Cub but can only think that the Vixen is keeping them away from coming into the garden currently so hope for more footage soon.

Sorry about the bad audio quality, I’m having issues with the Bushnell Natureview Max HD (Colour) camera. I’m on my 4th replacement since March and still having issues!

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