Well there goes another Autumnwatch. You saw the shows, but what was it like behind the scenes?
Well to be honest if you watch Autumnwatch Extra online and on the red button, then you will have a bit of an insight.
The relaxed nature of Extra sees Brett and Lyndsey out and about around the reserves chatting live to an assortment of people who have great in depth knowledge of the landscape and wildlife we are dealing with and its always a pleasure to hear them talk and share their knowledge first hand.
So much of that knowledge is then wrapped up, condensed and handed on to the main show, but you can hear it from the horses mouth on Extra.
And in my morning show you get to experience a little of what it can be like as a wildlife cameraman. In other words, sitting about for hours on end waiting for interesting things to happen!
My favourite bit was the snipe threat display, never seen that before.
What you don't see perhaps is the nuts and bolts of the operation. How does a team of about 80 people survive up in the middle on no-where in Scotland?
Well to be honest it far from a hardship. We all get put up in hotels not far from the reserve, 20 mins away at most, so there's no Ray Mears style roughing it going on.
There is catering van on reserve site that provides all our meals from breakfast through to dinner. We get a full fry up, and two courses for lunch and dinner. There is everything from seafood pasta to road chicken during the week and always a cheese platter to enjoy at the end of each meal.
It's all provide by Drew and his team out of a tiny catering truck, how he does it is a minor miracle to all.
That might all sound quite indulgent but i can assure you an army marches on its stomach and the long days in the out doors carrying kit about leaves everyone hungry and needing to be well fed. I dare say some of us come back a little heavier mind you.
One change behind the scenes this year was the number of people involved with social media.
We had a whole room full of tweeters and face bookers making videos, trawling the SW flickr group and generally making sure the massive online Springwatch community is well looked after.
Springwatch is proud to be one of the BBC's leaders in digital platforms and its such a great way to be connected with you lot out there. And it gets busier every year.
Odd then that the funding for the whole of Autumnwatch Extra is being squeezed and there will be an interesting challenge for the shows bosses as to how they will keep this growing area part of the show. It would be very strange if it went back to just a one hour show on BBC 2, where it was 10 years ago. I am sure it won't.
I think the viewings figures were once again really strong and it bodes well for Winterwatch. I have a couple of film ideas in this time and I hope one of them will make it to the main show.
In the meantime I am talking with the Natural World about a possible hour long documentary which would be a nice change, and I am of course back to my seascape photography, the demand for my Buoy from Deal project seems to be growing and I am making new prints each week.
I am also going to investigate the idea of doing my own live morning show here on this website. I just need to work out the costs and technical side of it all and see how many viewers i could pull in. Might be one of those just do it and see what happens. I will keep you posted. Busy times at the moment, which is great.
as usual, apologies for my poor spelling and grammar - just look at the pretty pictures instead...
PS - I'll be doing a short blog about my photo book about WWT next, and there will be a great offer on it, ideal Christmas presents...!!!