Winged Migration on WXXI-TV

Winged Migration on WXXI-TV

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Flamingo

Credit: APTonline

While practically everyone is aware of the fact that birds fly south for the winter, and return home in the spring, few are aware of just how arduous the journey can be.

Amazing cinematography and gorgeous music fill Winged Migration, a documentary-adventure directed by one of France's most respected actors and producers, Jacques Perrin. It airs Monday, March 15 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Presented with almost no narration and filmed primarily from a bird's perspective, this study of the lives and habits of migrating birds re-creates as nearly as possible the experiences of the birds themselves.

Winged Migration documents the flight of dozens of different birds as they follow their navigational instincts and make the taxing journey to more temperate climates in the fall. Employing an impressive variety of aircraft (planes, gliders, helicopters, balloons) and state-of-the-art technology, Perrin and a crew of more than 450 people closely followed  bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents.

“I will always treasure the memory of the first time we achieved this,” director Jacques Perrin says. “The cameraman was following the movements of the geese, with one hand the assistant pushed away those who came too near the camera: the whole spool of film ran out. Radiant, tears in their eyes, they looked at me, speechless, motionless. Their mastery and the technical result were of minor importance, they had been in the confidence of the birds in flight.” The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon.”