Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Highlights 2013

The first of the highlights.

A 15 minute video through the year, of some of the highlights and moments of 2013.

Yea, it's long, but so was the year. I had thought about listing what each clip was, in order, but decided that would be longer than the video; but if anyone has any queries as to what they are watching, just ask, and I'll do my best to figure it out.
It starts on the 1st of January, (where else), of a pair of Goldeneye getting into the swing of things, and ends with a clip taken yesterday.

I'm currently putting together 3 shorter videos of pictures set to a music background, taken through the year. I'll post them at a later date.

And of course, the 'out-take' selection. As it's name suggests, a short compilation of some of the bits of video cut from the finished one that airs over on my local lake blog; plus an extra.

But, back to this one for now. Hope you enjoy it.



  1. Excellent selection of the sights and sounds from a wonderful year of nature watching Keith, let's hope that next year will be just as magical.
    btw... I hope that you got that pair of rarities checked, logged and certified?...[;o)

  2. Cheers Trev. Quite looking forward to next year already.
    I think the rarities had probably already been certified at some time. :-)

  3. great sights and sounds of the past year Keith, it shows that there is lots to see and enjoy if we get out and about as you have .


  4. Thanks Peter, I'm fortunate enough to have the time to do that.

  5. Great pieces of camera work, all those birds, and there must be loads of unseen work, bloody brilliant Keith.

  6. A really superb video Keith, great to watch. Thanks.
    Who let those Rarities in the park anyway.?

  7. Cheers Roy. It's amazing what rarities can turn up at times :-)

  8. i'm recognizing a lot of the UK birds, now, thanks to blogging. fieldfare, robin, snow bunting, wagtail, to name a few.

    the pintails, swans and grebes are really cool to watch. and baby anything. :) the feather fluffing at the end is kind of cool. :)

  9. Thanks Theresa. Yea, blogging is a great way to learn and recognise some of the birds from around the world.
    I've had a great year exploring the wildlife here.

  10. A real tour de force and a great bit of editing. I look as if I could do with the makeup lady.
    Let us hope that next year is as good or better than this one.

    1. Glad you got the comment. I had my doubts as it timed out twice. It really is a very polished video but I do miss your commentary. Lots of folk do video without gobbing off. You did it this time and the subjects carried the wee film. I'm glad Douglas knew what he was watching. I was watching beautiful and entertaining birds. I only recognised the Barnacle Goose because there are a couple of dozen on Ullswater which I thought were something else. They weren't there when you went but they shoot off to Norway or somewhere to breed. Happen I should try Norway.
      The truck is back---All singing and dancing....I'm in Darlington and hope, fervently hope I'll be singing and dancing tomorrow night.

    2. PS. If you can't be arsed writing links in HTML then I can send you simple instructions to add bold and links. It's then a one click job for folk to access links from your comments or replies.

    3. Cheers Adrian. Glad the truck is OK; and enjoy the dancing.

      I did have a thing for doing 'bold' and 'italics' on here, but they seem to have vanished. Could be handy; and the link. It would have to be very simple for me to do it though.

    4. Keith, all you have to do is what Mark says.


    5. PS. failed again. I thought my luck was in when she said she needed an early night. She wasn't including me in the night.
      If you have trouble then e-mail Mark. He's a grand chap and always sorts code quicksticks.

    6. Thanks Adrian, I'll give it a go.

      The early night ........ maybe you should have left the dogs at home, and just went by yourself?

  11. Phew what a lot on there, firstly the piping oystercatcher and the chuck sent my dog crazy but made me smile as did the displaying goldeneye and the "real" swan lake display, the red crested pochards and the lecustic oystercatcher was always a highlight for me, but I never read about the peregrine...cracking capture as were the blackcaps,hedgehog,siskin(?) all from the garden...oh and i recognised Minsmere's Barnacle goose too and the siwfts and how close they come to you is one of my favourite birding experiences, the robin on the hand as cool too....15 minutes wasn't long enough in my opinion.
    p.s. where did you get that clever clock on the side of the blog, I like that.

  12. Thanks Adrian. It took a bit of work, but I got there in the end.

    Doug, glad you enjoyed it. A lot of fun capturing it all through the year. Got some more to post later ..... stills, knocked together as a video.

    The clock can be found here

  13. Great video Keith, amazing amount of stuff covered, highlight for me was the Pin Tail captured in some stunning light! Well done

  14. Thanks Bob. I certainly had a full year. :-)

  15. What a wonderful experience Keith...Wow lots of fighting...i love the sheep in snow and the drive along..the little darlings, the gorgeous butterflies,,,really enjoyed this!!

  16. Thanks Sondra. It was quite challenging putting it all together, but worth it, I think.
    Glad you enjoyed it.