Fitzroy High School was recently contacted by a researcher at the BBC Natural History Unit working on the upcoming documentary series ‘Planet Earth III’ which will be narrated by Sir David Attenborough and broadcast around the world in 2023.
The plan is to film the behaviour of tawny frogmouths in the suburbs of Melbourne. The BBC would like to film adult tawny frogmouths using artificial lighting to catch prey and feed their growing chicks. They will also follow the moments that chicks venture into the urban jungle alone.
In order to find key filming locations in advance of their shoot in November 2021 the BBC are looking for students to assist in:
- monitoring your own backyards for frogmouth nesting behaviour.
- tracking the progress of these nests.
- mapping locations where you have seen adults hunting.
For further information on how you can do this, you can listen to the following interview from ABC Breakfast radio here.
The BBC researcher has also offered to respond to any of your questions that you may have regarding how the BBC films wildlife documentaries (what tools they use to tell their stories, how they research beforehand, how they work with scientists, and any questions you may have about frogmouths too). So if you have any questions please fill in this form – we will send them to the researchers and they will film their responses getting back to you soon.