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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 175 - Wednesday, 28th November 2007
Tina presents Wyenot News
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The White Lion Otters Return For Autumn
last time I filmed otters in the Wye outside the White
Lion Inn was just over a year ago and I was actually
there for that purpose. This time, although I was hoping
they would show at the White Lion sooner or later, they
took me by surprise. The film is not really my best
otter effort because an otter was the last thing I was expecting
to see on Friday. It is still very watchable though.
had gone to the Lion to see Tina at around lunch time and
had left the cameras in the car. It always happens that
way - if I leave the cameras in the car at the White Lion,
I miss a good bit of footage for my wildlife film in the
making. As soon as I walked into the garden, I saw a kingfisher
flitting from tree to tree - showing off because I didn't
have a camera - as they do.
did not feel much like working that afternoon so I fetched
the video camera and spent the rest of the afternoon trying
to film the kingfishers. Frustrating as it is, I love filming
wildlife! It was around four hours later when, having filmed
nothing more than a branch of a tree, some swans and a diving
duck that an otter popped his head out of the water. It
was one of those magical moments which only I witnessed.
Having not heard of an otter sighting at Wilton since before
the July flood, and having seen a dead otter on one occasion,
I had imagined they might not be returning to Wilton this
Although most of the time, the otters appear at the edge
of the screen, there is one really nice shot towards
the end of the sequence where, caught in the sunlight, you
can see the otter's true brown colour. I have also run a
couple of clips slowed to quarter speed at the end of the
sequence, to give a chance to see the creature itself, rather
than just a 'blink and you'll miss it' splash in the water.
Gulls like to follow the otters for scraps of fish and if
you are looking for otters, it is a good thing to watch
for gulls diving. There are some other White
Lion otter spotting tips in the film intro.
is good to know that the otters are showing up again, now
that the tourist season, with the canoeists and river traffic
it brings are history for a few months. I shall be on the
lookout for some better footage for my wildlife film but
I hope you enjoy this short film in the mean time.
Eric came to be in the film . . .
was not comfortable when filming the intro for this film.
I am not comfortable in front of a camera myself anyway,
but the main reason can be seen if you watch the out-takes,
the otters can be seen. (A shot from the movie camera as I did not
have the still camera with me at the time.)
school days in Gorsley
from Gorsley Goffs Primary School were transported back
in time to the Victorian period for the day last Wednesday.
The day helped to reinforce the Victorian topic the year
5 children are currently studying.
the day, the children chanted tables and sentences designed
to help diction. They enjoyed cross-stitch and needlework
and experienced traditional 'Drill' (PE) lessons. Some of
the children, who misbehaved on the day or were not paying
attention in class were dealt with in the Victorian way,
with the cane.
children can be seen below, dressed for the occasion with
their teacher, Mrs Sally-Anne Vines and Headmaster, Mr.
Richard Humphrey. Those who did not come up to scratch were
caned by the teacher and headmaster.
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