WEIRD BIRDS – THE WOODCOCK.
A WOODCOCK in your garden? That happened in Oud Beijerland (NL).
The snow ’s just gone when there was something on the back terrace early in the morning.
A brown ball with a long beak – as big as a pigeon – quickly ducked under the bushes. He kept hidden there for hours and did not move. Only in the late afternoon we suddenly saw him walking in the middle of the lawn. Looking for worms. Their favorite meal. Until even in the dark he pulled one worm after the other out of the ground that has just been thawed. The next morning he was gone.Continue reading
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
No one could have foreseen that our lives would change so drastically in such a short time.
The new coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19. Few had ever heard of COVID-19 or CORONA. Until the world literally turned upside down at the beginning of 2020. Death and destruction controlled many of our lives. At best, we could no longer relax and travel became taboo.
Inevitably, that also included our beloved Africa. Orphan elephants in Kenya needed to be cared for. For the caretakers, the restrictions meant that they were no longer allowed to travel. They had to stay in the location
where they were for a long time. Like us, they too were no longer allowed to greet and embrace loved ones.
AVP film – REPTILES IN KENYA.
Augustijn Video Productions (AVP) released a special nature film.
The English spoken wildlife documentary “REPTILES IN KENYA”.
Kenya has much more to offer than the BIG FIVE. Most animals, however, remain hidden, but you can be sure there are many eyes watching you.
To see REPTILES in the wild is a different story. The team of Augustijn Video Productions (AVP) found them and captured the most deadly snakes and bitty crocodiles on film in “REPTILES IN KENYA”.
LOUIS DRENT PASSED AWAY.
17 March 1944 – 23 June 2020
Louis and I first met 10 years ago in Voi, Kenya.
Already while introducing each other Louis immediately started: ”Photographers and filmmakers don’t mix. They constantly get in each other’s way.”
Well, that sounds promising. That creates a bond….
However, we will not always be able to avoid each other. Both of us were commissioned by ”Friends of the Elephant” to make a shooting of orphan elephants.
Separately we left for Ithumba, located in the far north of Tsavo East.Continue reading
ELEPHANTS AND CORONA.
The year started so well, until February the first Dutchman became ill from Corona.
Yet another outbreak of Ebola in Congo. The biggest locusts plague ever terrorizes East Africa, while people are already dying by the Corona virus which is circulating around the world.Continue reading
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
It was a busy year. In 2019, AVP even released two new nature films.
”THE ENDLESS PLAINS”. A unique film about life on the endless plains of the Serengeti. Tanzania is famous for its overwhelming amount of wildlife and offers a huge diversity of nature. The film provides lots of information and contains plenty of action. To be able to eat and not to be eaten.
With mixed feelings the filmmakers decided that AVP will no longer make special “elephant orphan films”.Continue reading
“ELEPHANT ORPHANS GO WILD”.
Dutch filmmakers Ko and Ria Augustijn were back in Kenya in October 2018 to capture footage for their new ”elephant film”.
In NAIROBI filming was done at the ”David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust” from 11am to noon and late afternoon. All baby-elephants are orphan. Most of the time, the traumatized elephants do not show any of their suffering. The seriously injured elephant orphan “ENKESHA” is different. She almost lost her entire trunk by a trap. She survived, but she is scarred for life.Continue reading
AVP give a presentation at “DE LEYHOEVE” in Tilburg (NL).
”De Leyhoeve” in Tilburg invited Dutch filmmakers Ko and Ria Augustijn to present AVP’s most recent nature film ”the ENDLESS PLAINS”.
Produced by Augustijn Video Productions (AVP).
The AVP team was shooting for this film in Tanzania. Right in the south-east part of the Serengeti. The name ”Serengeti” is taken from the Maasai language. ”Serengit” means ”ENDLESS PLAINS”.
End January/early February 400.000 wildebeest are born there every year.
All within a two-week time span. All predators together cannot possibly eat
WILLIAM MULI KING’OO PASSED AWAY.
William has been on sub hire by Kenya’s largest tour operator Pollman’s, and was driving a group of American tourists near THOMSON’s FALLS, when he was stopped by the police for alleged speeding on Friday August 16, 2019.
William was arrested and was taken to the nearby police station, and very unfortunately, without any cause at all, he collapsed and died just outside the police report office. Apparently the commotion surrounding his arrest killed him. Possibly even having been brutalized by the police. Pressing charges against the government for wrongful death is under consideration.Continue reading
NEW WILDLIFE FILMS BY AVP.
No news does not mean that there was no action. To the contrary. Since our film ”the Endless Plains”, for which the footage was shot in Tanzania in January 2017, the AVP team has meanwhile been filming in Kenya twice. Most recently in June 2019.
In October 2018 we were in Kenya to shoot two films. A general wildlife documentary and an ”elephant film”.
The nature documentary will be called ”SPOT ON”. Quite appropriate because AVP tends to be right on time
in the right place.