It’s been a crazy year, but one of the perks for me has been working closer to home, and spending more time with family. Last summer, I took on a project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to film the early lives of Common Loons up in Maine, and my children Russell and Jessica, 20 and 16 at the time, were my crew. We maintained our “covid bubble” while working out of a small cabin on Mount Desert Island. Loons are spectacular and fascinating birds, and it was an amazing experience to spend so much quality time with them every day as we worked to tell their story. Russell and I did the filming, and Jessica helped out in the field, made sketches and behavior observations, and then narrated the film. So it was a true family project. We are really happy with the result, and I think you’ll enjoy spending ten minutes with us as we explore the loon’s world. The link is below…. Enjoy!
I’ve also selected a couple of my favorite still frames from the shoot to share here, and you can scroll down further to see a bunch of behind the scenes shots from the trip, and learn a bit more about how we filmed the loons in Maine.
LOONS OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
The Making of “Loons of Mount Desert Island”
The less glamorous part of wildlife photography. People often tell me they would love to be my assistant, but Jessica and Russell know what it’s actually like. Here they are hauling heavy tripods and backpacks of camera gear to one of the filming locations on Somes Pond. To create the best quality film, you need to use solid tripods and big heavy lenses. Getting these to the right spot for filming can be physically demanding, but it’s all part of a days work in the field. It was a wonderful experience working as a family team, and spending so much quality time with the loons to work on this project. We couldn’t have done it though without the help and support from Billy Helprin of the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary (www.somesmeynell.org), who monitored all the breeding loons on Mount Desert Island and generously shared his knowledge with us. Please check them out and give your support to this worthy organization that does so much for loons. We also would like to thank Acadia National Park for their support and providing access, and of course the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who sponsored the project and made it possible.
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