How many species can I photograph in an hour?? | Wildlife Photography Vlog #9

How many species can I photograph in an hour?? | Wildlife Photography Vlog #9

January 16, 2020 20 By Peter Engel


So before I get started with today’s video
and the challenge that I’m setting myself, I just want to tell you guys a quick funny
story. And why I’m the biggest muppet about. But I am currently at the RSPB’s Lochwinnoch
reserve, for the second time so far today. It’s only 1pm, I’ve been here twice because
I came here earlier on this morning, y’know, bright as a button, really keen to start the
video, really keen to get some pictures. And it’s about a half an hour drive from where
I live to here, so I arrived quite early and got my camera. With my new lens – if you guys
haven’t seen my last video, I have a new lens, it’s second-hand but it’s new to me – and
I got my camera and I was like ok I’m gonna take a few pictures just to see, like, gauge
what settings I have to have it at, what kind of, what the lighting situation is and everything
and I flicked the ‘on’ switch and lined up my camera as I would normally do. And it didn’t
focus, I clicked it to do the usual autofocus and it wasn’t focusing. Split second of panic,
I was like, have I done something to my new lens? Have I, y’know, is it busted already?
Has something happened to it? And I checked the lens and it looked fine, everything was
right and autofocus was on and everything. I was like “OK it’s not the lens”, and then
I had a brief second of stupidity when I was like maybe it’s the SD card because I have
a proven track record of forgetting to put my SD card in my camera, I’ve done that quite
a few times before, and I was like maybe I’ve done it again. But, no, the camera would’ve
taken the picture it just wouldn’t have saved it. So the only kind of possible explanation,
although my brain was not wanting to entertain this reality, was that the camera wasn’t working.
And I looked, and I was like “well the ‘on’ switch is on”, and I was like “wait… I flicked
the ‘on’ switch but the screen didn’t come on when I did it…” And I looked, and I opened
the battery door, and lo and behold, the battery was not in there. [laughs] So… I was like
“what do I do what do I do?” ’cause I really wanna get. this. content. I wanna take pictures,
’cause that’s, y’know, I wanna take pictures I came all the way here. Do I drive half an
hour home, get the battery, and then drive half an hour back? Yeah, that’s what I- that’s
what I did ’cause obviously I’m here that’s what I did. I feel terrible, about all the
driving that I’ve done, although, not the worst person in the world today, the car in
front of me just blatantly chucked a plastic bottle out of the window so I’m not the worst
person in the world – second worst but not the worst. Anyway! Long story short, I’m here,
I’m ready to take some pictures, and do my challenge that I’m setting myself. Because
I don’t have a lot of time – I have even less time than I did before. But, I want to do
something fun something different, and that is see how many species of wildlife I can
photograph in the space of an hour. I’m going to be throwing my usual ethos of creativity
out the window, which is usually quality over quantity, today we’re going for quantity!
Some of the pictures that I’ll show you will not be good, that I normally wouldn’t have
shared, but if it’s a different species it counts! As usual I have my Canon EOS 80D,
and not so much as usual, I have my Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary lens. Just to hold
myself to account, it’s currently 11 minutes past one in the afternoon. At 11 minutes past
two I’m gonna count how many species of wildlife I’ve photographed so let’s go! [music] I’m
not gonna lie, I forgot how long the trails are in this reserve I was like, OK I can quickly
get to the hide and to where the feeders are because I’ll definitely be able to get like
a few species there. And it’s taken me 12 minutes so far and I don’t think I’m even
anywhere close to it so I’m just kind of like, hopefully I come across something to get my
first species because once I get one, at least it’s not zero. Oh! I see something! It’s miles
away I can’t even see what it is but there’s a shape… I think it might be some cormorants…
Let me go see… Yeah, I think they’re cormorants, but, like they’re so far away this’ll be the
first quantity over quality I think. Let me see what I can do. So yeah, I just got the
worst picture in the world of the cormorants. But, it counts! It counts! So, I was photographing
them and I looked to the left and I saw a regular character on this channel, saw two
mallard ducks. Definitely no stranger to photographing mallard ducks, I feel like that’s all I photograph
on this channel. That’s two! And then I also got what I think is a picture of a goosander,
it was like a little speck in the distance. So I’ll need to check the picture later, but
I think that’s three. Unless, hopefully, the… what I think is a goosander isn’t just like
a little buoy or something… Like a BUOY, like a float thing, not like a child… [laughs]
I hope there’s not a child in the loch. So that’s three. I think. Two or three. So we’re
off to a- we’ve, we’ve begun! We’ve begun! [laughs] I am really, really counting on there
being things at these bird feeders because – let me do a time check – it’s half past
now, that’s 20 minutes, and I’ve got three. And none of the pictures are even any good.
Hopefully there’s stuff at the feeders that I can kind of bump up the count and also get
at least one good picture, y’know at least one quality over quantity shot. Honestly this
trail is going on forever and I’ve become very unfit over Christmas I think. I’ve made
it back to the feeders, let’s see if there’s anything here… Oh… I think they all just
flew away. So, I’ve managed to definitely get a few more species, so much so, I don’t
think it’s that many, but I’ve lost count. So, yeah, I’ve definitely got shots of a blue
tit, great tit, I think I got a coal tit as well, a blackbird I think, chaffinches, and
I think that might be it… How many’s that? Four?… I don’t know [laughs] I don’t know.
Bit of a dilemma, it’s 13:48… that means I have about… still 20 minutes… oh my
goodness… do I… but I don’t know how long it would take me to get back to the hide that’s
at the loch and if I go there and there isn’t even anything there… do I just wait here
for 20 minutes in the hope that something different’s going to show up. Because I’ve
photographed like the chaffinches and a robin… There was a dunnock for two seconds but I
couldn’t get a photo of it so it doesn’t count. I think I’ll stay here. I’ll stay here because
I don’t want to go all the way back to the loch and… there’s literally nothing there.
At least here I can just keep photographing these wee things and hope I can get something
better… a better picture than I’ve already got. Yeah, I’ll do that! I’m trying to shield
my camera from this rain… It’s a lot… And, the nearest building or shelter is a
bit far away so I’m just kind of crouched over trying to keep my camera dry… It definitely…
it has not worked that well… The other ironic thing is that when I first got here, like,
sans battery, it was a beautiful morning. [laughs] I’m just being punished for that.
I’ve had to leave the feeders behind. The rain is not relenting and I care more about
my camera getting wet than this challenge. I’m walking back to the main building where
my car is parked, and I’m just hoping that maybe something else will show up on that
walk. And I can add an extra little one to my total count – which I have no idea what
my total count is – let me try and guess… About 10? Maybe? I think about 10… That’s
not so bad. With that, the challenge is over. At the last kind of second, in the visitor
centre, I managed to get a picture of a goldfinch, and a moorhen. They are dreadful pictures
’cause they were taken through the window and the window was a bit steamy ’cause it’d
been raining but it was also a bit warm. So… But it counts as two more! It counts as two
more! Let me just put my camera down… So I can sit and… So I can see [car door slams]
how many species that I managed to capture. OK! Can I put this here?… So! Moorhen, goldfinch,
coal tit, great tit, chaffinch, blackbird, collared dove, blue tit… [crickets]… Go
on camera… Robin, goosander (it wasn’t), mallard duck and cormorant. So I got 12! I’m
pretty happy with that, like, obviously, it’s just your luck with wildlife photography whether
the wildlife turns up, if you’re in the right place at the right time. Y’know, so 12…
it’s… I’m happy with that! I had a lot of fun filming this, it was good to do something
a bit different, I hope you guys enjoyed watching something a little bit different. Yeah, and
that’s the end of the challenge! Thank you so much for watching, I hope you enjoyed and
I’ll maybe see you next time… Now I gotta just drive home again [laughs] Bye!