8:00 PM, 24th February, 2004
Educational in the usual documentary sense it is not, with minimal narration and not a single "Crikey!" to be heard. The enjoyment comes not from learning the intimate details about the biology of birds, but the breathtaking panoramic shots of birds in flight, set against a backdrop of natural wonders and manmade landmarks. As a viewer you actually feel as though you are soaring as part of the flock. Repetitive scenes of birds migrating do tend to get boring after a while. The directors have tried to get around this by presenting the birds as characters: grieving penguins, a freedom loving parrot, an arrogant goose. Apparently some of the scenes involved trained birds and were set up. But this does not diminish the film as an outstanding piece of ornithological cinematography to be appreciated by non-bird watching folk. Watch the credits to see if the claim of no animals being harmed is made.