Irish seasons in HD
THE glories of spring, summer, autumn and winter in Ireland are about to be shown in beautiful high-definition.
Feeding a seemingly insatiable appetite for nature programming, A Wild Irish Year begins on RTÉ One tonight. The series, from the Waterford film company Crossing The Line, has four episodes, each featuring the glories of wild outdoor Ireland through one season. Over the course of a year, cutting-edge technologies allowed the team to capture Ireland’s seasons.
High-speed cameras slowed down the movements of swallows and sandmartins, and low-light technology revealed autumnal activity at a badger sett. Dramatic aerial footage offers a bird’seye view of the shifting countryside below. Timelapse photography was used to slow changes in the weather and landscape, showing the country transform through the year.
On tonight’s programme, presenters Dr Tara Shine, Rob Gandola and Eoin Warner guide viewers through spring.
‘Ireland’s nature is wild, unpredictable and constantly surprising,’ said Dr Shine. ‘You just never know what is around the next corner and finding hidden wildlife is always a thrill.’ The first episode of Wild Irish Year airs at 6.30pm this evening on RTÉ One.
it’s feeding time: A gannet with its young
brief encounter: A mayfly, known for its short lifespan eye-catching: Rana temporaria – the common frog – sitting on pondweed
distinctive: An orange-tip butterfly