Sunday, 23 September 2012

10 Wildlife TV Spoofs - Nastyass Honeybadger to Baywatch Penguins!

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From Lyre Birds mimicking David Attenborough to Baywatch Penguins and what the animals in Planet Earth were really saying! Here's 10 wildlife spoofs worth watching.

Nominate or Drop by clicking 'Thumbs Up' or 'Thumbs Down' above each video

If you have any other nominees please let me know by posting a comment here.

1. The Amazing Lyre Bird

Unseen footage showing us why it's never easy working with animals.

2. The Crazy Nastyass Honeybadger

If you're one of the few people who hasn't yet seen Randall's viral hit, watch it now. If you've seen it before then it's well worth watching again.

3. Frozen Planet Baywatch

Lingering shots of penguins appearing from the surf and running in slow motion. 'nuff said.

4. Serious Spoof - The Plastic Bag

It's the only 'serious' entry on this list but it certainly deserves an honourable mention. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this 'mockumentary' video, hammers home the stark reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation.

5. David Attenborough and a night on the town.

Pre-dating YouTube this was one of the first mashups to be created by Casette boy. There's no images   - but it's still one of my favourite nature spoofs.

6. Walk on The Wild Side - The BBC's very own wildlife spoof series

Comedians put a voice to wildlife clips unearthed from the BBCs archive. Featuring a ensemble cast which includes the Not-Very-Scary-Sharks, the Scratching Badgers, the DIY Orang Utan, the Vultures Flying School and a Marmot called Alan.

7. I Hate Nature - Warning contains strong language!

If David Attenborough hated wildlife. It's not that funny so if anyone has a better nominee then I'd be happy to replace this.

8. Flying Penguins

Terry Jones discovers a colony of penguins, which are unlike any other penguins in the world. You can watch the making of here.

9. Techno-Bird of Paradise

Turn down the lights, pump up the music and dance.

Last but not least it's...

10. F*** Planet Earth  - Warning this video contains Strong Language!!!

Just to finish...

David Attenborough, Jane Goodall & Carl Sagan sing

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Forget the cheerleader! Follow the frog - save the world. @RnfrstAlliance

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Since making 'Life in Cold Blood' a few years ago I'd consider myself a bit of a herpetologist so when someone says 'follow the frog' it gets my attention. But this isn't a flying frog, a poison dart frog or a burrowing frog - it's a frog that can help save the world! It's a super frog, it's everywhere and it's probably in your house right now!

It's the green frog seal of approval from Rainforest Alliance.

For one week the Rainforest Alliance is encouraging us to chose products that feature the frog and see what a difference it can make in creating a healthier planet. The Rainforest Alliance uses the power of markets to slow down, and hopefully stop, the major drivers of environmental destruction - primarily deforestation for timber, the expansion of agriculture, cattle ranching and tourism. 

Follow the frog - save the world

Their message is that you don’t have to travel to the ends of the Earth to protect the planet — just follow the frog! Watch the “Follow the Frog” video below then share it with family and friends. 

Follow @RnfrstAlliance on Twitter and “like” the Rainforest Alliance on Facebook to get the latest environmental news and tips for a sustainable life.

Farming and the grazing of livestock are responsible for 70 percent of global deforestation. By choosing products that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, you’re supporting farms that protect soils from erosion and waterways from pollution and that support the well-being of farm workers and their communities.

Shop the Frog

When shopping, look for the Rainforest Alliance’s little green frog on everyday items like coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, flowers, paper and furniture. And when planning a vacation, use to find hotels, lodges and tour operators in Latin America and the Caribbean that are good neighbors to the community and the environment.

The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal and the Rainforest Alliance Verified mark are your assurance that goods and travel services meet strict standards for environmental, social and economic sustainability. By choosing the green frog seal, you’re rewarding communities for their commitments to sustainability and investing in their futures.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Run for the hills! Fearsome Fire Devil caught on film #JawDrop

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My jaw dropped when I received this from Chris Tangey of Alice Springs Film & TV - a clip of a 100-foot ‘Fire Devil’. He filmed it near Mount Conner in Australia just a few weeks ago. 
Watch the clip below.

Setting for a fire dance

I visited Mount Connor, or Attilla, with Chris in 2009 whilst filming for How Earth Made Us (you can see part of the sequence here). It's one of my favourite sights in the Australian outback, a flat topped mountain that suddenly rises 300 metres out of the endless flat landscape. It's a sight that rivals Uluru and the Olgas but because it sits at the heart of a huge cattle station it's rarely visited and it lacks the fame of its fellow monoliths. So what luck, and what a backdrop against which to witness one of the worlds most incredible natural spectacles - a fire devil.

Photo: Chris Tangey, Alice Springs TV & Film

Mount Connor on a calm day (Photo: Paul Williams)

The Fire Devil

A fire devil is essentially a dust devil that travels over hot spots from preexisting wildfires, this causes the fire to travel up the dust devil’s already hot vortex transforming it into a fire devil. Fire devils are rare sites that usually last less than one minute but Chris watched as a series of towering infernos danced in front of him for 40 minutes.

"We were mesmerised" he said "It was a once in 10 lifetimes experience, the gift that kept on giving, just as we thought it was about to end another devil appeared, it just kept changing its shape and flickering furiously. Most of the time it was rooted to the spot and everything around it was eerily static - there wasn't a breath of wind".

Friday, 7 September 2012

Don't get sea sick! Nasa's Incredible Perpetual Ocean

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credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Incredible way to visualise ocean surface currents around the world. Based on data gathered by nasa between 2005 and 2007.