Birds on Film: 10 Must-See Video Moments
October 13, 2011
Yesterday we suggested a few good books about birding (and got many more from commenters and Facebook fans—thanks!). But you can’t read all the time—so here are a few moments of video to immerse you in the color, sound, behavior, and diversity of birds. These first five are our own multimedia productions (see more at our YouTube channel):
6. The Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library is the world’s largest archive of natural sounds—and it’s got a growing archive of video clips too. Check out these incredible clips of a dancing Magnificent Riflebird (be sure to watch to at least the 1:00 mark), a group of Harlequin Ducks, and a Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher from the Philippines.
You can watch many other BBC clips on their website (though not all are available for U.S. viewers). Even apart from the gorgeous footage, watching legendary host Sir David Attenborough appear in the wildest of locations is a never-ending source of enjoyment. Here’s a close encounter with a Wandering Alabatross to start with. Watch Sir David politely fend off an advancing adult without even stopping his sentence.
As with our books list, we had only a limited number of slots to work with—so let us know in comments or on Facebook what your own favorite video moments are.