Vancouver Island bird store owner’s documentary side gig airs on PBS, Amazon Prime – North Island Gazette


Saanich resident and owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Shelbourne Plaza, Thomas Dudley, also happens to be the director of photography for a cross-Canada travelling TV show.

Seeing Canada, filmed by Dudley, is hosted by Canadian journalist Brandy Yanchyk and explores Canada’s intricate cities, culinary attractions and natural wonders.

Two seasons of the show have aired on PBS in the US and on Amazon Prime in Canada.

“PBS loved it a lot that they asked us if we desired to do a show within the States; it’s called Seeing the USA, we did seven episodes until COVID began,” said Dudley, noting that seven episodes required six months’ work and copious amounts of travel.

Plans are within the works to choose the show back up again because it becomes protected to accomplish that.

Dudley has incessantly found himself immersed on this planet of film and photography.

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At 18 he moved to Calgary for speed skating and wound up attending the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology studying broadcasting and video production.

He learned to work artfully and assuredly behind the scenes during a stint as a cameraman for the Rating Television Network in Edmonton. He also worked for corporate video production firms, which ultimately gave him the experience and confidence to enterprise off on his own and develop into a contract videographer.

“I’ve done quite a little bit of documentary work and have been freelancing since I used to be 27,” Dudley said.

His work has seen him travel to many States and each province and territory in Canada. “If you should see one other world it is best to go to Northern Canada; the persons are different, the landscapes and weather are different, it’s really interesting.”

With many opportunities to garner latest perspectives and take part in adventures he never thought possible, he has learned to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Dudley never imagined as someone behind the scenes that he’d be so deeply immersed in every adventure.

He has a wife, two young kids, runs Wild Birds Unlimited full time together with his brother-in-law and operates his freelance business on the side.

To see more of Dudley’s work, visit

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