Wednesday, August 18, 2021

New Film: Beaver Pond Wildlife - Part 3

 If I had to choose just one kind of natural habitat to spend all my outdoor time in, it would have to be a beaver pond. Ideally, it would be deep in an old-growth forest. But, old forest surroundings or not, it would be a pond. Why? Because there's so much wildlife to be found there, more so than any other habitat I know of. 

That's why it's been a longtime plan to create a film about such places. Initially, the thought was that it should cover a full year's time at ponds, and would likely be a one-hour film. Several years ago, I started gathering footage of as wide a variety of beaver pond-related creatures as I could. When it came time to start putting the film together, I realized that there was far more to include than I had thought. It took two one-hour films to cover spring; and even at that, a lot was omitted. 

The plan was then to do one hour on summer. Well, that won't be enough either. "Beaver Pond Wildlife Part 3: Early-Mid Summer" is now completed... another one-hour film. Part 4 will likely be "Mid-Late Summer", followed by further episodes covering the rest of the year.


Red-shouldered hawk with frog



Many viewers of Parts 1 and 2 have posted encouraging and gratifying comments on the Youtube channel, and have been eagerly awaiting Part 3. I'm quite pleased by the response, and am even happier to have this third hour completed and ready for you to enjoy. 


Dragonfly dropping 2 tiny eggs into pond
A dragonfly drops two tiny eggs into the pond



There are some scenes of things that relatively few people have ever personally witnessed; they were certainly new, chance experiences for me as well. And one or two might come as a big surprise to many people. I won't spill the beans here, hopefully you'll soon see for yourself.


Kingfisher dives into pond
Belted Kingfisher dives into pond



So... get the popcorn popped, turn the cell phone off for an hour, and enjoy! Even better- head out to a local pond and experience these things firsthand.




  1. When I started watching the series, I assumed it was a compilation of footage from various sources, as most wildlife documentaries are, but learning that you filmed all this yourself was awe inspiring. I can't imagine the number of hours you must have put into scanning the water surface for activity. What a great job you've done, Ray, and thanks.

    1. Thanks for the compliment... this series spanned three years of near-daily time spent filming at beaver ponds. They were some of the best hours of my life so far! There's so much to see and learn, it's incredible. You do have to be patient, quiet, and still. But you'll see things that make it well worthwhile. I never left a pond at the end of a day feeling that it was time squandered. Beaver ponds are a hub of wildlife activity, some of the most productive habitat on the planet.

    2. I had a similar experience. Thanks!


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