Being out in the natural world has been proven to benefit both physical and mental health and indeed it has played a major part for me and many others in dealing with covid-19 restrictions. When it is not possible to actually go out into nature, perhaps there is limited time or the weather is too poor, then watching a video of nature, particularly with the sounds of nature, can be a way of bring a few moments of peace into a busy lifestyle. With that in mind I have created a series of bird videos that encourage people to watch, listen and relax.
Bird Videos for Relaxation
Watch, listen and relax with my collection of birds in habitat videos.
Bough Beech Reservoir
Wetland and woodland habitats & birds
Nestled between the rolling hills of mid Kent's Weald is a little-known reservoir, surrounded by meadows and ancient woodland that contain a wide variety of widlife and birdlife in particular. This peaceful location is a great one to just find a nice spot to sit, watch and listen to see which birds show up. Taking in the scenery and the sounds of the birds is a relaxing way to spend some time and every now and then a scarce bird like Marsh Tit bursts into song.
Foreness Point and Botany Bay
Rocky coastal scenery and birds
While the white chalk cliffs of Dover are world famous those on the north coast of Kent at Foreness are less well-known. With views into the North Sea the sound of the tide coming in and then receding can be mesmeric and when the rockpools are exposed a whole new world is revealed.
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
Waterbirds and lakeside habitat
Old gravel extraction pits have been consumed by fringing willows, alder carr and patches of secondary woodland, close to the pleasant town of Sevenoaks. In autumn the numbers of ducks begin to build up and the late evening light is very relaxing, culminating in some lovely sunsets.
Marshland Birds and their habitats
Cliffe Pools is an area of old gravel and sand excavation, next to the River Thames, that has been given over to nature conservation. In particular is it important to wintering wildfowl and as a high tide roost for wading birds but the sound of the breeze blowing through the reeds and reflections of the light in the water make it a surprisingly tranquil place set among a landscape of decaying industry.
I sincerely hope I have managed to bring a few moments of tranquility from nature into people's lives with these videos and will be adding more as I make them.
Calidris Birding Tours
Join me on one of my birding tours to a variety of exciting countries around the world. The full selection of upcoming tours can be seen here - Calidris Birding Tours.
I am a professional bird tour leader with over 15 years experience of guiding groups and individuals. All the tours are designed to allow sufficient time to find a high proportion of the key bird species and enjoy watching them at a sensible pace.
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DerdriuMarriner - That is a close-up of a Northern Gannet. I use a cheap microphone mounted on the top of the camera which picks up most of the sound I want and cuts down wind noise a lot. I do sometimes add some sound in editing. These types of videos don't take that much editing time because they are fairly simple shots with some sound. The videos that take quite a lot of editing are the ones with narration and a story to tell.
nickupton, Thank you for practical information and pretty pictures.
What is the bird in the image to the left of your title?
All of your sight and sound offerings are lovely. How much editing do you have to do to make sure that the bird voices are so clear and recognizable? In particular, I like your video from Foreness Point and Botany Bay.
These ones are just for natural sounds. I do make narrated videos but they serve a different purpose. Try this one - https://youtu.be/eTHOfFbB7KQ
Nice. How did you resist the urge to narrate?