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RE: Nature PBS--Burmese Invasion! (?)

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Posted by: TOM_CRUTCHFIELD at Mon Feb 22 19:48:47 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by TOM_CRUTCHFIELD ]  
   

Yes we could ONLY get wc Fl Kings and I couldnt get them to "track" the Burmese. Patty has a voracious feeding goini so I scent marked the ground with rodent smell and fur. We scent marked the Python and placed it under a plastic cup. The King picked the smell up and tracked it as a wild one would. When the snake got close we removed the cup and the Python was struck. Once the King realized it wasn't a rat he released it hence the miraculous aborted attack. I just wanted to demonstrate the many natural predators these Pythons have unlike what is being spoon fed to the media. That was my daughters raccoon and yes it's a hypo. Again it's hard to get a wild coon to eat a python on cue...LOL...THE MOST DIFFICULT SHOTS WERE THE NILE MONITOR SEQUENCES. That few minutes took two complete days to shoot. The Koi Pond deal was hard but the "croc egg" part was the most difficult of all. All nature shows for the most part are staged. Can you imagine getting all that info by walking around trying to find wildlife doing naturally what you want to film? Impossible...Even staging it you have to really understand reptile behaviour intimately to make it work and even then sometimes it doesn't work the first time. Nigel and his crew are experts on the film part. We all owe him thanks for at last doing a somewhat realistic portrayel without the drama....
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