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Framlingham wildlife filmmaking twins Paul and Ryan
By Andrew Woodger
BBC Suffolk

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Paul and Ryan Edwards' full-length report for BBC Inside Out: East

A pair of 18 year old filmmakers have been shooting barn owls and kingfishers in Suffolk.

Paul and Ryan Edwards, who are twins, have spent months capturing the footage for BBC Inside Out.

"What we really love is the wildlife close to home and showing that East Anglia can be just as exciting as anywhere else," said Paul.

The brothers' eight minute film was shown on BBC1 on Monday, 25 October at 1930 BST.

The pair, who went to Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, filmed in meadows along the River Alde.

Paul, who was shooting the barn owls, said: "I think our interest in nature came before filmmaking.

"Our neighbour was kind enough to let us help out with her farm animals - particularly the lambing.

"When we realised the wealth of wildlife near our home area, that's when the interest in filming wildlife came about."

Kingfisher
Hours of patience were needed to capture footage of the kingfisher

Hide and seek

They spent three months gathering the footage using a wooden hide and a small tent which served as a mobile hide.

For the barn owls, cameras were set up in a nest box on an oak tree which fed pictures back to the wooden hide.

Filming the kingfisher was Ryan's job and he didn't have a nest box to rely on.

"Last year we were seeing lots up and down the river, but this year after about a month searching up and down to see if they were still about, we still couldn't find them," he said.

"That required a lot of patience, because you can't go and track them down because they're easily spooked.

"Kingfishers are creatures of habit and they normally go on the same stretches of river every morning.

"So I put up a nice perch for them where there was an area with lots of fish and they liked fishing from it.

"When you hear the kingfisher's high-pitched whistle, because they always call before they come, it's really great to finally hear a kingfisher coming.

"The colours of it are just amazing. It's always worth waiting for that encounter.

"With a month of filming left, I managed to get the shots I'd been after.

"So I'm quite happy it managed to get in the Inside Out film after looking like it wouldn't."

Barn owl in Suffolk
This barn owl photo was captured in north Suffolk

Nest box

Getting the birds of prey filmed was not such a struggle for Paul.

"It was a bit easier with the barn owls because we knew where they were nesting," he said.

"That involved a lot of waiting, but at least I knew something was going to happen.

"In the winter, we set the next box up with cameras rigged inside and outside so once we knew they were nesting it was a case of waiting for the action.

"I think eventually we'd like to become wildlife cameramen out in the field, but not necessarily exotic creatures around the world."

You can watch the brothers' film at BBC Inside Out and more of their work at their own Paul & Ryan Edwards website.




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