I have been reviewing my movies and I discovered one I want to share because it shows how even as a beginner you can make a movie that tells a story.
In this post is the cats blogged in their own voices and I hope you will enjoy this review as proof that you can create your own movie when the situation suddenly turns dramatic! (Revised for 2022)
The Duckling Adventure Story
Dad was working in his home office and he looked out of the window. Next door’s cat was peering down from the wall into the stream behind the garden. Uh-oh he thought, one of the Dash Kitten Crew might have fallen over the edge!
He and Mum rushed outside, prepared to mount a dramatic cat rescue attempt but, instead, they found a lone duckling! Knowing that you do not touch wildlife without checking to see if their family is nearby, they assessed the situation.
- They checked carefully but could not see, or hear, family along our length of the stream.
- No sound or sight of ducks nearby.
- The little duckling was battling a fast stream and struggling.
A decision was made. Left to its own devices the tiny duckling risked being be swept quickly onwards to a weir, then to the Hutt River with no chance of landfall. A rescue was needed!
First Rescue Your Duckling
The duckling was not easy to catch. For something so small, it was noisy, wriggly, and did its best to keep paddling like crazy. Dad caught it – and again, Mum and Dad listened carefully for the sound of ducks nearby – in the hope the family might locate the stray through its loud peeps. No duck appeared.
It was Sunday, so the chances of getting emergency advice from the NZSPCA was slim. So, Mum and Dad looked online and found the Duckman. The site is comprehensive and helpful. It gave us a lot of help so we could take positive action for our orphan friend. We mounted a bird rescue.
Duckman aka Craig Shepherd, has a website full of important, life saving, information for ducks and seabirds. Mr Shepherd has worked in bird care, rehabilitation and rescue for over ten years and he was one of the bird rescuers thst made a huge difference to birdlife during the infamous Rena Oil Spill.
” I specialise in the rehabilitation of waterfowl but also take seabirds and some other breeds of birds as required.
The birds mostly come from the SPCA and vet clinics but I also get a few from the Wellington Zoo and Massey University for rehabilitation. The majority that come in are orphaned ducklings and I deal with 300 – 400 birds per year.”
With the duckling in a box, Mum and Dad checked on what to do next on the ‘Caring for Ducks’ page. Done right, the chances of a successful result were 98%. The duckling was moved to a carrier, and Dusty volunteered his microwaveable heat pad to provide extra warmth.
By the time this had been arranged, there had been a response from the Duckman rescue on Facebook. Mum and Dad were asked if they could bring the duckling to the rescue. They had planned to head out to see ‘Hidden Figures‘ at the cinema that evening (Mum has the book and found it a terrific read), but a hasty reschedule was arranged, then they set off for the rescue.
Our Duckling Smartphone Movie
After a winding, twisting, drive through a part of the Wellington area they had never seen before, Mum and Dad safely dropped off our little buddy and took a while to tour the rescue facility.
Mum hastily grabbed her iPhone and shot some footage of the residents then made it into a movie for our post. NOTE For aspiring movie people – this was done on an iPhone, edited in iMovie, and it’s really cool!
P.S. We had a further message that our rescue duckling was eating and cuddling after we left too, so thank you Duckman for your skilled advice and care.
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can create impressive cat photographs and fun movies with the camera they carry.
She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.